Group promises to appeal instant racing legislation

Martin Cothran
Martin Cothran
Rep. Greg Stumbo
Rep. Greg Stumbo

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Although a judge has said yes to instant racing, don't bet on seeing those machines at area tracks just yet. The legislation still has to go to state lawmakers.

Instant racing allows people to gamble on previously run horse races. The Family Foundation of Kentucky, a group which serves as a public policy watchdog on issues affecting Kentucky family, says it will appeal.

"We've argued for a long time against expanded gambling and we've argued against slot machines at race tracks which our law does prohibit," said Martin Cothran of The Family Foundation.

"I don't see it as an issue this session," said Rep. Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg), the Kentucky Speaker of the House. "I don't think we'll do anything with it because it's gotta run its course in the courts."

Governor Steve Beshear released the following statement:

"We are very pleased with the court's decision. We expect revenue produced from these games will help support our trademark racing industry."

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