Kentucky Casino Gambling Amendment (2014)

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The Kentucky Casino Gambling Amendment may appear on the 2014 ballot in the state of Kentucky as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, which is moving through the Kentucky State Legislature as House Bill 67, would allow casino gambling in the state, regulated by the Kentucky General Assembly.[1]

Text of measure

Constitutional changes

The full text of HB 67 proposing alterations to Section 226 of the Kentucky Constitution is below:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Section 1. It is proposed that Section 226 of the Constitution of Kentucky be amended to read as follows:

(1) The General Assembly may establish a Kentucky state lottery and may establish a state lottery to be conducted in cooperation with other states. Any lottery so established shall be operated by or on behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

(2) The General Assembly may by general law permit charitable lotteries and charitable gift enterprises and, if it does so, it shall:

(a) Define what constitutes a charity or charitable organization;
(b) Define the types of charitable lotteries and charitable gift enterprises which may be engaged in;
(c) Set standards for the conduct of charitable lotteries and charitable gift enterprises by charitable


(d) Provide for means of accounting for the amount of money raised by lotteries and gift enterprises and for assuring its expenditure only for charitable purposes;
(e) Provide suitable penalties for violation of statutes relating to charitable lotteries and charitable gift enterprises; and
(f) Pass whatever other general laws the General Assembly deems necessary to assure the proper functioning, honesty, and integrity of charitable lotteries and charitable gift enterprises, and the charitable purposes for which the funds are expended.

(3) The General Assembly may by general law permit casino gaming. Laws enacted pursuant to this subsection shall strictly regulate casino gaming and shall adopt any standard the General Assembly deems necessary to ensure honesty, integrity, public confidence, and effective regulation in the operation of casino gaming.

(4) Except as provided in this section, lotteries and gift enterprises are forbidden, and no privileges shall be granted for such purposes, and none shall be exercised, and no schemes for similar purposes shall be allowed. The General Assembly shall enforce this section by proper penalties. All lottery privileges or charters heretofore granted are revoked.

Section 2. This amendment shall be submitted to the voters of the

Commonwealth for their ratification or rejection at the time and in the manner provided for under Sections 256 and 257 of the Constitution and under KRS 118.415. The question to be submitted to the voters shall read as follows: "Are you in favor of permitting the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing casino gaming?

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Kentucky Constitution

HB 67 was introduced on January 7, 2014 and, as of March 11, 2014, was in the House Licensing and Occupations Committee. If 60% of the membership of each chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly approves, a proposed amendment goes on the ballot at the next general election during which members of the state legislature are up for election.

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