Kentucky Slot Machine Amendment, 2010

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The Kentucky Slot Machine Amendment did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Kentucky. The proposed measure would have allowed voters to decide whether to allow an expansion of gambling. The measure would have required any slots proposal or any other gambling issue to be ratified by voters. The proposal also called for revenue to be collected from a 1 1/2% tax on "advance deposit wagers" and placed into a fund that would increase purses for Kentucky horses at state tracks. The proposed measure was being sponsored by Senator Damon Thayer[1][2][3]

Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would have added a new section to the Kentucky Constitution[4]

Path to the ballot

The measure was passed by the Kentucky Legislature on March 26, 2010, sending the measure back to the Kentucky House of Representatives. 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. Kentucky is one of nine states that implement this process. Legislative session concluded without the measure being sent to the ballot.[3]


See also: Polls, 2010 ballot measures

A poll conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll showed support for gaming machines and even stronger support for a statewide ballot question being placed before voters. The poll was conducted during January 28-31, 2010 and surveyed 617 people claiming to be registered Kentucky voters. According to the results, 59 percent of polled voters support slot machines at the tracks. Also, 85 percent of those polled believe there would be a statewide ballot question for voters to decide rather than having he Kentucky General Assembly decide on the issue.[5][6]

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
Jan. 28-31, 2010 Louisville Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll 59% 37% 4% 617

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