Monday, June 08, 2009

Lexington Herald-Leader calls for removal of slots from legislative agenda

In yesterday's Herald-Leader:

Kentuckians have debated the merits of expanding gambling for 15 years without any action or resolution.

That alone would argue that the decision on whether to expand into slot machines or other casino-like games should not be resolved in a short special session with other grave issues to address.

But there are larger, more serious issues that argue the only way to resolve this question is with a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment.

First, it's what an overwhelming majority, in the range of 80 percent, of voters have said they want in poll after poll.

Second, there's serious question whether any action short of an amendment approved by voters can stand up to a legal challenge.

Read more here.

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