KY: Beshear to push for approval of gambling amendment in January
Although he admits that the task will certainly be difficult, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters Wednesday that he would like to see a constitutional amendment for expanded gambling to be passed in the legislative session that begins in January.
In a news conference at the Capitol, Beshear stated, “I don't think it's any secret that expanded gaming is one of the issues that I think should be addressed by the people of this state. I am hopeful that we may be able to get a constitutional amendment passed in the upcoming session.”
Beshear has been trying to get legislation passed for the expansion of gambling since he was elected governor in 2007, but the proposal been blocked by the Republican-led state Senate. In 2011, the Senate turned down an amendment to allow for the expansion of gambling to Kentucky's racetracks.
If the amendment is finally passed by both chambers, it will then have to be approved by Kentucky voters.
One of the strongest opponents to the amendment, Senate President David Williams, will not be there in January. Williams has been appointed by Beshear to fill a vacancy in an open circuit court seat in Williams' Southern Kentucky district.