Ky. expanded gambling bill up in air as Senate pres. William leaves

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 7:33 AM

Frankfort, Ky. (WHAS) – A changing of the guard in the Kentucky senate could mean new leadership could take on the gambling bill.

With senate president David Williams leaving for a judicial appointment in southern Kentucky, speculations of how expanded gambling would fair in the legislature.

“As you know, I did sponsor the constitutional amendment on gaming last session. I have no plans to sponsor that again. It started in the senate; we took our run at it. I think it is time for the House of Representatives to take a run at that bill,” Majority Floor Leader Sen. Dan Thayer said.

Thayer says he won’t speculate how the expanded bill would do but does say he expects the tone of state government to become much more cooperative.

Thayer also says House Speaker Greg Stumbo is open to discussing expanded gambling as is Governor Steve Beshear.
 

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