(Paulick Report) The sponsor of a constitutional amendment that would allow expanded gambling in Kentucky indicated that he believes he is very close to having enough votes to pass the amendment in the Senate and send it to the House.

According to the Frankfort State Journal, Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum said on Wednesday that he’s very close to getting the necessary support on Senate Bill 33, although he declined to give specifics. The amendment, if passed, would allow expanded gambling at up to seven locations. It would also create an Equine Excellence Fund, which would collect 10 percent of gross revenue.

For many years, any legislation regarding expanded gaming in the Commonwealth has been gridlocked, with leaders of the Senate and House feeling that the other chamber should deal with the measure first. Seum said he started the new effort, since the “gaming push must start somewhere.”

“We’ve been dealing with this for the last 10 years, and it’s time for us to move that out of the Senate and bring that economic development to various areas of the state,” Seum told the State Journal.

Read more in the Frankfort State Journal

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