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Expanded gaming bill fails 21-16

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – The gaming bill that was favorably passed out of committee Wednesday with a vote of 7-4 has failed in the full Senate.

The bill would have allowed casinos with games, such as slots, blackjack and craps, at up to seven locations around the Commonwealth.

The original bill allowed casinos at up to five horse tracks and in two other locations. Critics said it favored one industry which changed the number to seven. The bill also was to restrict casinos from opening within 60 miles of a horse track unless it's at the track.

"That creates a monopoly," said Sen. Dan Seum (R-Louisville) on Wednesday. "Only Churchill Downs in our situation would be able to have a gaming or gambling license within 60 miles. That means nobody else gets to bid on this process."

The bill had a tough challenge on the floor because a constitutional amendment must get 23 of 38 yes votes to pass the Senate. One vote that was an assumed yes, Sen. Gerald Neal of Louisville, was not in attendance due to a business trip out of state.

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