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This week at the Capitol: General Assembly marks halfway point; deadline to introduce new bills passes

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2021 session reached one of the milestones Capitol observers eagerly await with this week’s arrival of the deadlines to introduce bills in the Senate and House. Now, with 881 bills filed for consideration, we have a fairly comprehensive view of the issues lawmakers may consider in the remaining weeks of the session. Legislation filed before the deadline included...

Budget, gambling among issues facing lawmakers as General Assembly returns for second part of session

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday, to begin the second part of the 2021 General Assembly with a state budget, gambling, and veto overrides among items to be addressed. There are four budget bills under consideration, for the Executive Branch, Transportation Cabinet, Legislative Branch and Judicial Branch. All four were passed as continuations of the current fiscal...

A history lesson about gambling, the Payne Brothers, Black mobsters in what was ‘Sin City’ of Newport

By Chad Huggins Dunbar Special to KyForward Part 57 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020.” While there are many books, films, articles, and other scholarly works detailing the story and legacy of Newport’s organized criminal underworld during the Sin City era (Prohibition through the 1960s), far less attention has been paid to the role of African-American mobsters...

Ky. Supreme Court rules historical horse racing isn’t pari-mutuel wagering, illegal under current law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday where they unanimously agreed that historical horse racing is not pari-mutuel wagering and is therefore illegal under state law, concluding a decade long battle. This is the second time the case has come before the justices, and this ruling followed oral arguments that were held in August. Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Billy Reed: Somewhere in Super Bowl pile of hype, gambling, commercialism is… a football game

The Super Bowl is not a football game as much as a celebration of commercialism, gambling, and show business, not to mention greed, bad taste, and hype. To some, it has become the most important day on the calendar, surpassing Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Donald Trump’s birthday. In case anybody cares, the football game is between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. It is the first that...

Some Kentucky lawmakers continue to push for expanded gaming despite staunch opposition

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today One of Kentucky’s top lawmakers questioned Thursday whether a constitutional amendment is necessary to legalize casinos in Kentucky. “Somebody explain to me what the constitutional prohibition is against land-based casino gaming?” Senate President Robert Stivers told reporters at the Capitol. “There is none.” The Manchester Republican said lawmakers have the authority...

Despite potential for budget shortfall, lawmakers say odds are long for approval of casino gambling

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Even with the state facing a projected budget shortfall and an enormous public pension debt, casino gambling remains off the table. “I haven’t heard any discussion of that issue and no one has talked to me about it,” said Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville. “I’ve always opposed gambling, for personal reasons. For me to support any...

Kentucky ranks fourth-lowest in national WalletHub study of addiction to gambling

With Americans losing roughly $100 billion through gambling each year and the Kentucky Derby soon to kick off, the personal-finance website WalletHub released an in-depth report on 2017’s Most Gambling-Addicted States as well as a collection of fun facts about the first leg of the Triple Crown. Kentucky ranked 47th in the study trailing only Utah, Nebraska and Alabama. Nevada ranked No. 1 on the...

Kentuckians will wager on the Derby, but survey says Commonwealth doesn’t have gambling problem

With the 142nd Kentucky Derby fast approaching and fans expected to wager more than $100 million on the event, the personal-finance website WalletHub released a pair of reports, one examining fun facts about the first leg of the Triple Crown and the other analyzing which states have the biggest gambling problems. Below are some highlights from each report. 142nd Kentucky Derby By The Numbers: —...

Rabbi Marc: Gambling with another's dignity, future can lead to generations of pain, turmoil

Growing up in Las Vegas, I learned not to be enamored with gambling. It was everywhere.   Slot machines line the walls of restaurants, airports, groceries and theaters. To my knowledge, they have not yet made it into the hospitals or schools, but there was a joke that if you pulled and did not get three jackpot symbols, the bathroom stall door would not open.   When I do bet, I bet on sure...