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House likely to vote on gambling
Casino City Times (USA, 2 February 2009)

"With the new speaker of the House pushing electronic slots at racetracks as his top priority, it seems a safe bet a gambling bill will get a vote on the House floor in this session of the General Assembly.

"...For more than a decade, racetracks, the horse industry and various others have pushed for either slots or casino gambling, but the issue has never gotten beyond a committee vote.

"Now, says newly elected Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, the state and the horse industry need money more than ever and the best way to save both is with video lottery terminals.

"...A vote by the House Licensing and Occupation's committee is likely in the next two weeks, and House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, said Stumbo might have the momentum to get his bill out of the House.

"But then it would be likely to hit a brick wall that even the most ardent supporters of gambling have yet to breach: Sen. President David Williams.

"...Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, who sits on the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee that probably would get the bill, doesn't see much chance of a Senate floor vote..." | End

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