Competition between versions of Casino amend. delay passage in House Committee

The second attempt to dislodge Gov. Beshear’s  referendum for Casino gambling failed to get out of committee Tuesday morning.  Further attempts will of course be tried shortly.

The first version of the referendum bill failed this morning in a committee meeting, with three yes votes, five no votes and three passes.
Rep. Rob Wilkey and Rep. Larry Clark, supported by three Republican votes, managed to get their preferred version before the committee.  That version is different than the version backed by House Speaker Jody Richards and the committee chairman, Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville.
The two factions have been fighting over the first part of the proposed constitutional amendment. The version backed by Richards, Owens and others states:
“The General Assembly may enact laws permitting the operation of no more than nine casinos in the Commonwealth, of which no more than five may be established by horse racing tracks. “
The horse-industry-supported draft backed by Wilkey, Clark and others states:
“The General Assembly may enact laws permitting the operation of up to five casinos by horse racing Associations licensed by the Commonwealth as of January 1, 2008, and up to four other casinos. At no time shall the number of casinos authorized to operate in the Commonwealth exceed nine.?
There doesn’t seem to be much difference in the bills, but the horse industry believes the Richards version provides more guidance to the legislator to grant them five licenses, than does the Wilkey – Clark version.

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