FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Gov. Steve Beshear has said the second-term Democrat is declining a challenge from the head of The Family Foundation to debate the merits of a proposal to legalize casino-style gambling in Kentucky.
Kerri Richardson, the spokeswoman, said the governor's focus is to allow Kentuckians to settle the issue at the polls.
Family Foundation executive director Kent Ostrander issued the challenge to Beshear on Wednesday, saying he needs to explain why allowing Kentuckians to try their luck on more than horse races, lotteries and charitable bingo games is good public policy. Ostrander is one of the state's most vocal gambling opponents.
Beshear contends that allowing Kentuckians to vote on a constitutional amendment to allow gambling could generate more revenue for state government and the horse industry.