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2008 House Bill 550: Casino amendment
Introduced by Rep. Darryl Owens (D) on February 14, 2008 To submit to voters a constitutional amendment legalizing casinos and authorizing up to seven casinos at horse tracks and five other casinos elsewhere.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 15, 2008
Amendment offered by Rep. Rob Wilkey (D) on February 28, 2008 To create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit the General Assembly to enact laws permitting the operation of up to 5 casinos by horse racing associations licensed by the Commonwealth as of January 1, 2008, and up to 4 other casinos, and to limit the number of casinos operated in the Commonwealth to 9. The amendment establishes voting requirements for local approval of casinos and imposes a tax on casino gambling and establishes the uses of such revenue and permits the General Assembly to establish additional standards to ensure certain goals.
Withdrawn in the House on March 4, 2008
Amendment offered by Rep. Carl Rollins (D) on February 28, 2008 To establish that the number of casinos authorized to be operated by entities other than licensed horse racing Associations not exceed the number of casinos authorized to be operated by horse racing Associations licensed by the state as of January 1, 2008.
Reported in the House on February 28, 2008 Favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar.
Substitute offered in the House on February 28, 2008 To propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to permit the General Assembly to enact laws permitting the operation of no more than 9 casinos and to establish voting requirements for local approval of casinos. The substitute imposes a tax on casino gaming and establishes the uses of such revenue and permits the General Assembly to establish locations and license fees.
Amendment offered by Rep. Darryl Owens (D) on February 28, 2008 To make title amendment.
Amendment offered by Rep. Ancel Smith (D) on February 29, 2008 To require that casino tax revenues be used to eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles before going to any other purpose.
Amendment offered by Rep. Ancel Smith (D) on February 29, 2008 To propose to amend the Constitution of Kentucky to add a requirement that tax proceeds from gaming are to be used to eliminate property tax on motor vehicles before tax proceeds are appropriated for any other.
Amendment offered by Rep. David Osborne (R) on February 29, 2008 To restore five horse track casinos and add local option voting requirements for casinos to the original bill.
Amendment offered by Rep. Ken Upchurch (R) on March 3, 2008 To change references to "casinos" to "gambling dens".
Amendment offered by Rep. Ken Upchurch (R) on March 4, 2008 Replace references to casinos with the term "dens of iniquity".
Amendment offered by Rep. David Floyd (R) on March 4, 2008 To amend the Kentucky Constitution to require that the voters located in any county vote their approval of the expanded use of gambling games and devices within that county before a casino or other gaming venue may be established within that county. The amendment also deletes the requirement that the local legislative body must give its approval before a casino operated by a horse racing track may be established in the county. The amendment would also propose to amend Section 226 of the Kentucky Constitution to require the General Assembly to define "casino" and "gaming venue." The amendment would also rephrase the question to be submitted to voters to conform with these changes.
Amendment offered by Rep. David Floyd (R) on March 4, 2008 To amend the Kentucky Constitution to require that a county's voters give their approval before a casino may be established within the county. The amendment also deletes the requirement that the local legislative body must give its approval before a casino operated by a horse racing track may be established in the county. The amendment would also rephrase the question to be submitted to voters to conform with these changes.
Amendment offered by Rep. Charlie Hoffman (D) on March 5, 2008 To require the General Assembly to pass legislation regarding gambling.

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