FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Opponents of legalizing video slot machines at Kentucky's race tracks packed the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday, calling on state lawmakers to vote, "no."
Gov. Steve Beshear has called the General Assembly into a special session to consider a plan to boost the state's horse industry by allowing race tracks to operate video slot machines. Lawmakers are also considering other measures including a plan to offset an estimate $1 billion budget shortfall.
But the gambling issue has ignited a fierce debate in the Capitol. About 300 people turned out for the rally against Beshear's plan.
Senate President David Williams, a Burkesville Republican, spoke at the rally. Williams urged people to call their representatives and urge them to vote against the measure.
Gambling supporters are scheduled to rally at the Capital on Wednesday.
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