The odds for online poker in KY just got smaller
The current legislative session will end in a few days with no progress made
The current legislative session in Kentucky is coming to a close. This is bad news for a number of bills that will most likely not be put to a vote, including a bill that would have allowed online poker and other forms of gambling. Apart from today, the only other day on the legislative calendar is March 28 and it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will be putting in a full effort that day.
House Bill (HB) 175 sought to introduce online poker, fantasy sports and sports gambling to the state. The activity wasn’t going to be a huge money-maker for Kentucky, but it would have reportedly helped boost the state’s pension fund had it passed.
Representative David Osborne, the Kentucky House Speaker, is confident that the bill has died, at least for now. He asserts, “It is unlikely that that bill will see any further movement this year.” This also means that the pension fund won’t find a solution this year, either.
Typically, bills go through a three-day process when on the House or Senate floor. If they don’t last the three days, they almost always are not submitted for voting. Lawmakers have the ability to suspend the three-day rule to allow certain bills to be pushed through quicker, but gambling is not seen as a priority in Kentucky and HB 175 almost certainly won’t be given more attention.
At this point, it looks like Kentuckians will be waiting even longer for more gambling options in the Bluegrass State.