HB 600 (BR 1528) - J. Barrows, J. Draud, S. Westrom
AN ACT proposing to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky and amend Section 226 of the Constitution of Kentucky, relating to casinos.
Propose a new section of the Kentucky Constitution, relating to casinos which would require the General Assembly to permit the operation of casinos; require the General Assembly to define casino gaming; define the types of casino gaming which may be engaged in; limit casino gaming to the eight racetracks licensed as of January 1, 2005, to conduct live thoroughbred or standardbred horse racing meetings and to conduct pari-mutuel wagering thereon; create an agency of state government to regulate casino gaming; require 35% of adjusted gaming receipts to be a tax; require 14.65% to be used for benefit of thoroughbred, standardbred, and quarterhorse breeds; require 1% to be used for benefit of other than thoroughbred and standardbred breeds; require 49.35% to be allocated to casino gaming operators; exempt casino operators from any other taxes other than income or property tax, and establish other standards for honest operation of casinos; require that percentages of funds derived from taxation of casinos shall be applied to certain purposes, including casino regulation at 1/2%, education at 40%, health care at 20%, local government at 12.5%, economic development at 10%, environmental protection at 10%, budget reserve trust fund at 3.5%, drug, alcohol or gambling addiction treatment at 2%, agricultural or livestock research or development at 1% and veterans' programs at 1%; set forth qualifications for casino gaming operators which shall include a requirement to run at least as many live races as were run in calendar year 2005, unless horse racing associations agree otherwise or certain conditions apply; propose to amend Section 226 of the Kentucky Constitution to provide that casino operation is an exception to the prohibition against lotteries and gift enterprises; submit to voters; provide ballot language.
HB 600 - AMENDMENTS
HCS - Delete original provisions, except amend section 226 of the Kentucky Constitution to provide that casino operations are an exception to the prohibition against lotteries and gift enterprises; add provisions to permit the General Assembly to establish casinos by general or special law at designated venues; limit the number of casinos to no more than nine.
HFA (1, S. Brinkman) - Amend to specify that of the 20% of adjusted gaming receipts allocated for health care, 5% go to services for individuals suffering from autism spectrum disorder.
HFA (2, S. Westrom) - Retain provisions of committee substitute, except require the General Assembly to provide for casino gaming at eight racetracks and three additional locations in the state; require the General Assembly to establish and regulate the form and method of casino gaming and the location and conditions for operating casino gaming, and to vest administrative authority for casino gaming to a designated state agency; require the General Assembly to appropriate any funds allocated and paid to the Commonwealth towards costs associated with education, health care, community development, local governments, and other public purposes; specify question to be submitted to the voters.
HFA (3, J. Barrows) - Amend to permit General Assembly to authorize operation of casinos; limit total number of casinos to a ratio not to exceed one casino for every five hundred thousand persons in the state as determined by the census; allow limited casinos operated by associations licensed to conduct thoroughbred or standardbred horse racing meetings and to conduct pari-mutuel wagering thereon; if General Assembly authorizes casino operation; establish the form and method of casino gaming; vest authority in a state agency to regulate casinos; establish licensing process; permit racetracks to be eligible for licenses; establish standards for honest operation of casinos; prescribe ballot language.
HFA (4, T. Riner) - Retain original provisions; add provision earmarking at least 10% of the receipts once prizes are paid out, for educational programs, treatment programs, and financial assistance for compulsive gamblers or their spouses and children.
HFA (5, T. Riner) - Delete provisions setting out in detail how the gross gaming receipts shall be spent; add provision earmarking at least 10% for education programs, treatment programs and financial assistance for compulsive gamblers or their spouses and children.
HFA (6, R. Crimm) - Retain original provisions; restrict state revenue generated by casino gaming to be dedicated for capital projects at state or local levels or for educational facilities; require capital projects fund to be established and maintained as a fund separate and distinct from the general fund.
Feb 16-introduced in House
Feb 17-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
Feb 21-floor amendment (1) filed
Feb 22-posted in committee
Mar 15-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Mar 16-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 21-floor amendments (2) (3) and (4) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (5) filed
Mar 22-floor amendment (6) filed to Committee Substitute ; recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (H)