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Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Sen. Julian Carroll prefiles legislation to allow sports wagering at racetracks, off-track betting facilities

Kentucky Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, has prefiled legislation establishing the framework to allow sports wagering at any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility. Bill Request 236 builds on two previously filed bills that were proposed over the last couple of legislative sessions by Senator Carroll. He introduced the bills in anticipation of the United States Supreme Court striking...

Kentucky’s gubernatorial race could determine the future of push for expanded gaming in the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Expanded gaming, including legalizing casinos and sports wagering, is likely to come up again during the 2020 General Assembly, but how hard it will be pushed depends on who wins the Governor’s race this November. Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, sponsored a bill during this year’s session to legalize sports wagering, but it did not receive a committee hearing in the...

Sen. Thayer is at Royal Ascot, but remains focused on legalization of sports wagering in Kentucky

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, was enjoying the pageantry of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet in England this week, but his mind (or at least part of it) was on sports wagering in the Commonwealth. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown (left), talks with the Television Games Network at Royal Ascot Thursday about the prospects for sports wagering in Kentucky....

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...

Bipartisan panel formed to craft Kentucky’s sports wagering legislation in wake of Supreme Court ruling

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bipartisan House and Senate panel has been formed to craft legislation to allow sports wagering in Kentucky. A decision last month by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to decide their own fate of sports betting means, for the first time since 1992, wagering on sports will not be limited to only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Lawmakers are forming a panel to...