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Sports Betting In Kentucky? Legalization Could Come As Early As 2021

Researcher Chris Grove, with the consultant group Eilers & Krejcik, has predicted that sports betting in Kentucky could go live as early as 2021, according to insiderlouisville.com. A pair of Kentucky legislators have pre-filed sports betting bills, and a bipartisan, bicameral task force is examining the issues of oversight and additional tax revenue. “The important thing to […]

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KY Senator Files Legislation To Allow Sports Betting At Racetracks

Kentucky State Senator Julian Carroll has filed a bill that would allow sports betting at racetracks and off-track betting facilities. According to a report at KyForward, the bill (BR 155) will be considered during the next regular legislative session. However, whether or not the bill is passed in Kentucky the final decision will have to rely on […]

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Kentucky Equine Welfare Bill Inspired By Mercer County Case Passes House

A measure introduced into the Kentucky legislature in response to the apparent abandonment of 43 horses in Mercer County last year, HB 200 would allow courts to order persons convicted of equine cruelty to pay restitution for the horses’ care. It also terminates the convicted individual’s ownership interest in the horses involved. According to horse.com, […]

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Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bill To Designate Equines As Livestock

The Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee today unanimously passed a bill that would designate equines as livestock, an action that if approved will provide tremendous benefit the entire horse industry. Securing livestock classification of horses and equine has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), since being founded in 2004. […]

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Kentucky Legislative Panel Discusses ‘Importance’ Of Historical Racing

A legislative panel got a snapshot of Kentucky’s horse-racing industry during a meeting today at Turfway Park. “I just wanted to emphasize the importance of historical horse racing to the Commonwealth,” Kentucky Racing Commission Chairman Frank Kling told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations, as Thoroughbred horses had their morning workout […]

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KY Legislature Discusses Possible Breeders’ Cup Tax Break

Breeders’ Cup officials are planning to pursue a pari-mutuel tax break for its 2018 World Championships, which will be held at Churchill Downs. The Blood-Horse reports that ’emergency’ legislation was passed last year prior to Keeneland hosting the event. Previous legislation had been allowed to expire because the Breeders’ Cup did not return to Kentucky. Sen. Damon […]

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KY: Proposed Tax Exemption For Horse Industry Approved by House Committee

A legislative committee approved a bill that would provide some tax relief for the horse industry in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee approved the legislation that would exempt horse owners from paying state sales tax on feed, machinery, fertilizers, and other items used in their operations. This exemption is currently […]

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Equine Tax Equity To Be KEEP’s Top Priority In 2016 Legislative Session

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) unanimously approved a resolution calling for Equine Tax Equity for Kentucky’s horse industry. The Board also approved the formation of an Equine Tax Equity Task Force appointing Frank Penn as Chairman. Consideration of the organization’s equine tax equity policy took place during the Board’s […]

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Report: KY Lawmaker Plans On Expanded Gambling Push in 2016

After a year in which the subject of expanded gambling in Kentucky was not discussed before the General Assembly, House Speaker Greg Stumbo has indicated that will not be the case in 2016. “I’m going to move on my casino bill and ask for hearings on it during the interim. It’s part of my personal […]

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Equine Groups Praise New Kentucky Law Reducing Hold Times For Stray Horses

A diverse coalition of stakeholders praised the leadership of state lawmakers Rep. Tom McKee and Sen. Robin Webb, the entire Kentucky Legislature, and Gov. Steve Beshear today for enacting a measure to reduce the hold period for stray horses from 90 days to 15 days. This new law will allow for more positive outcomes for […]

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