Legislation allowing Kentucky racetracks to offer sports betting coming soon
September 08, 2018 8:47 AM
by Robert Mann
Legislation permitting Kentucky racetracks to offer sports betting will most likely be introduced during the legislature’s 30-day session in 2019. That’s the view of Kentucky’s Senate Majority Leader, Damon Thayer (R), speaking at a sports-betting conference late this week at Keeneland Racecourse.
Thayer, heavily involved in the horseracing business before being first elected to the state legislature in 2003, told attendees that the bill would have a chance of passing should a bipartisan consensus agree to a bill that satisfies the concerns of conservative rural legislators. However, Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has often opposed expanded gambling in the state, while sometimes deferring to party members on issues considered important to them. Thayer said.
“I don’t think he will fight against it,” Thayer said. “But I don’t think he will bang the drum for it either.”
“It’s not going to get past me if it doesn’t protect the horse racing industry,” Thayer told the audience, reports The Daily Racing Form.