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Sports Betting Bill passes Kentucky House Committee by unanimous vote

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There is new hope for sports betting in Kentucky. House Bill 137, which would legalize sports betting in Kentucky, passed out of House committee by a 19-0 vote this morning. From here, the bill will go to the Kentucky House of Representatives, and if it passes, to the State Senate. If the Senate passes it, it will go to Governor Andy Beshear, who has already voiced his support.

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The bill, which you can read here, was proposed by Rep. Adam Koenig and is similar to the one that was discussed last year but never made it to the House floor for a vote. It would allow horse tracks and the Kentucky Motor Speedway to have sports books on site and would also allow online sports betting. Koenig’s original bill prohibited betting on in-state teams, but that restriction has been removed, so people will be allowed to wager on University of Kentucky and University of Louisville games. If passed, it would help create millions in revenue — an estimated $22.5 million — for state pensions.

Now seems like a good time to remind everyone that in the four months Indiana has allowed sports betting, gamblers wagered over $436 million. How much of that do you think came from the Bluegrass State?

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4 Comments for Sports Betting Bill passes Kentucky House Committee by unanimous vote

  1. RackEmWillie
    10:57 am January 15, 2020 Permalink

    I really don’t care about the horse tracks and race track having it on-site. But I’m super excited about having it online.

    But, doesn’t it go from the House to a Senate committee before going straight to the Senate? I could be wrong on that, and I would love to be wrong. Hopefully this will get passed sooner rather than later.

  2. lonedog
    11:20 am January 15, 2020 Permalink

    And only late about a year and a half out of the gate, for the start.

  3. CJKAssassin123
    9:06 pm January 15, 2020 Permalink

    I hope it passes could really help with the pension problem. It makes complete sense.

  4. zoupman
    10:09 pm January 15, 2020 Permalink

    Should have happened years ago. Steve B said he was for it, but did nothing while he was raping the pension.