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Sen. Carroll refiles legislation for framework to regulate sports wagering in the state

Kentucky Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, refiled legislation today to set the framework to regulate sports wagering in Kentucky.

The legislation makes updates to the bill that was filed earlier this year after the United States Supreme Court ruling found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, commonly known as PASPA, to be unconstitutional. PASPA, a federal law, prohibited sports wagering nationwide while excluding a few states.

Sen. Julian Caroll

“Kentucky continues to lose funding our schools and public employees desperately need, while our residents remain vulnerable to an unregulated sports wagering market,” Senator Carroll said.

The updated bill creates the Kentucky Gaming Commission as an independent agency with nine members. The Commission is tasked with promulgating administrative regulations and issuing licenses for sports wagering. The legislation grants a license to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, allows sports wagering at horse race tracks upon application while allowing others to apply. The bill creates a twenty-five percent tax rate on net sports wagering receipts. The distribution of revenue generated from sports wagering remains the same with the majority to the Kentucky Employees Retirement Systems Non-Hazardous and Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement Systems proportionally. The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship will also benefit, with the remaining going towards horse racing development funds.

“The Sports Gaming Working Group, created earlier this year, and other committees have heard testimony from many stakeholders over the interim. This legislation reflects many bipartisan changes to my original bill that will result in increased revenues and more appropriate regulations to protect the public.”

The sports wagering bill will be considered during the next regular session beginning January 2019.

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