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Group formed to lead effort to legalize sports betting in Kentucky

There’s new hope for legalized sports gambling in Kentucky. This morning, it was announced that a bipartisan group has been formed to draft and file legislation to legalize sports betting in the state following the Supreme Court’s ruling last month. You can now gamble on sites like, and make real money. The panel, which includes six members from the Kentucky House of Representatives and three from the Kentucky Senate, will file companion bills for each chamber that reflect the revenue sports betting could bring to the state, which is estimated to be an additional $5.5 million to nearly $26 million per year. The legislation will be aimed at professional sports and some college sports while banning wagering on high school or below level sports.

The nine member panel includes Reps. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, Diane St. Onge, R-Fort Wright, Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, George Brown, D-Lexington, and Dean Schamore, D-Hardinsburg, and Sens. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, and Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort.

If it passes, they will all be heroes.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 Comments for Group formed to lead effort to legalize sports betting in Kentucky

  1. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    12:26 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    As a human being this is disgusting!!! Im all for letting people do what they please, but were going to form a group to make this pass and meanwhile, were still listing the most medicinal non addictive plant in the world (cannabis) as a schedule one drug… We got one of the highest addiction/overdose rates in the country and were getting groups together so more “addicts” families can be ruined to bet on games we cant athletically play in. Dont get me wrong, im a fun guy and have no problem with betting and betting safely and smart, but you can sit here and act like this is a win for our state, when our biggest problem is heroin (also synthetic heroin pills) and addiction right now.This is where we are a species!

    • OHCat
      1:39 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

      What part are you saying is disgusting? Allowing sports betting or that there is a group getting together to outline the rules? Alcohol addiction is a big problem, but do you complain that KY is a bourbon state. Should we shut down every distillery? We are a huge horse racing state, do we shut down Churchill Downs and Keeneland? That’s sports gambling.

    • jahanc2uky
      10:28 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

      If you are going to ask these questions to this person’s response, I think you are being fair. However, at least say some of the points he is making are valid.
      I would rather not be considered a state that avocates for every large addition known to “our species.” We are an alcohol state & drug addiction state. Horse racing has always been more entertainment and tradition for most horse racing goers. This will change if they allow sports betting to be involved at our race tracks.
      I would also guess this state is near the bottom of drug ODs & alcoholics per capita. As we go into the future, how many more youngsters will fall victim to a gambling addition, now that sports betting is legal? Can we get a study evaluating this question?
      If the percentages go up over time, can we shut legalized sports gambling down. Same type of studies should be done for cannabis/drug ODs and alcoholism/dry counties. A government should be for helping to protect the people, that cannot protect themself. Which are people that fall victim to an addiction that is of a legal substance/act, while the citizen is in abuse of that substance/act. Profit < Prosperity.

  2. cats646
    2:00 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    A new hope is rising out of the ashes for in-state sport gambling rebels. But to achieve there goal they will have to battle the entire galactic empire and there evil emperor Matt Bevin. A small group of rebels have formed an alliance to take down the empire. This small victory could mean the inevitable downfall of the emperor and his apprentice Darth McConell.
    I feel like such a nerd. Smh

  3. huehue
    4:10 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Holy Shizzle.
    Julian Carroll is still in office?
    I mean he was only trying to persuade kids to give him BJ’s to keep their job and get school paid for. There are audio tapes of it. They were aired on the LOCAL NEWS IN LEXINGTON.
    Where is Crusader Jones while this goes on?
    He’ll rant all day when Bevin does something he doesn’t like, but turn a blind eye while democrat pedos do their thing.
    All while 1. and 2. in this very comment section are arguing about how disgusting gambling is… SMH.

    • cats646
      5:10 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

      Well now that can’t be true huehue. Democrats can’t be accused of sex scandals because all they care about is the well being of humans. Don’t you know it’s impossible for a democrat to do something against the human race. They care so much about humans they even help poor people stay poor by just handing them a handful of change every month instead of making them get a job to better life for them and everyone around them. You can always count on democrats to do the right thing because they care about others rather than themselves. Ugh

  4. Trevathan
    5:57 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t you complainers have 20 acres to bushhog out in the middle of nowhere?

    • cats646
      6:00 pm June 18, 2018 Permalink

      Well it’s actually a couple thousand. And I’m not complaining, just laughing.

  5. Lori M
    5:45 pm June 20, 2018 Permalink

    Friends, please don’t legalize sports betting or casino gaming in the Commonwealth. We in Ohio appreciate all of the Kentucky dollars left here to support our schools. /snark