February 16, 2012
LEXINGTON, KY—The Family Foundation said today that not only has Gov. Steve Beshear's gambling bill lost majority support in the State Senate, but it may be in trouble in the committee to which it was assigned. "The support for this bill is crumbling so fast, it may not even make it out of committee," said Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for the group.
"The governor just got finished launching his casino bill, and in less than 24 hours it was already starting to look like the Voyage of the Damned."
Cothran said even though the Senate State and Local Government Committee, where SB 151 has been assigned, is the most pro-gambling committee in the Senate, the governor's bill is now hanging on by only one vote. "The bottom is falling out of the expanded gambling effort," he said. "If this bill is in danger in this committee, then it's even deader than we thought, and we thought it was pretty dead."
Cothran noted that the bill, which the governor had weeks to get right, seems to have gotten it all wrong. "This was the best chance anyone has ever had to pass a casino bill," he said. "And the governor blew it."