LEXINGTON, KY — “Mr. Chairman, Churchill Downs, whose CEO makes over $10 million a year, does not need a stimulus check,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation right before the House Licensing and Occupations Committee voted in favor of slots legislation this morning. Senate Bill 120, the “Historical Horse Racing” slots bill, is now slated to go to the floor of the House for consideration.
“This is an unconstitutional millionaire’s stimulus bill that, far from saving the horse industry, will ultimately replace it,” said Cothran.
The Family Foundation’s counsel and former State Representative, Stan Cave, called the bill a “trust me” bill because of all of questionable and unverified claims supporters are making for it.
The committee hearing on the slots bill was short and abrupt. “This indicates to us that casino interests and their allies in the legislature want to push this through quickly before anyone notices how ill-conceived this bill really is.”
Cothran said the bill’s chances were hurt yesterday, when it garnered only half the votes in the Republican caucus which controls the Senate chamber. “In my almost thirty years in Frankfort, I don’t remember seeing a bill being pushed to the floor with only half the support of the majority party. It shows the power and influence that big money brings to the legislative process. This could mean trouble for it in the House.”
Cothran pointed to the lack of confidence in the tone of House leaders who pushing the bill as another sign that the bill is in trouble.