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Stumbo files bill allowing lawmakers to OK expanded gaming

House Speaker Greg Stumbo House Speaker Greg Stumbo
State Rep. Larry Clark State Rep. Larry Clark
State Sen. Dan Seum State Sen. Dan Seum

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed legislation that would allow expanded gaming in Kentucky. It's the third bill addressing a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to allow casinos in the state.

The measure filed March 4, which will be House Bill 584, says that the General Assembly isn't prohibited from authorizing expanded gaming. The Family Foundation of Kentucky, which opposes casinos, said it was unconstitutional to spell out the number and locations of new casinos without voters first allowing them.

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"This wouldn't guarantee a business anything constitutionally, but would make sure the power to regulate gaming exists with the General Assembly," said Brian Wilkerson, a spokesman for Stumbo.

Rep. Larry Clark (D-Louisville) has filed a proposed constitutional amendment and a separate bill that would allow up to eight Kentucky casinos. It has received a hearing in a House committee but has stalled.

Sen. Dan Seum (R-Fairdale) has a Senate bill that would ask voters to approve seven casinos. Republican Senate leaders have said the measure doesn't have enough support to pass.

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