LET US PRAYBad Legislation Brings Negative Consequences (October 5, 2021)
During the 2021 Legislative Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed the erroneous “Slots Bill,” Senate Bill 120. This piece of legislation redefined what “pari-mutuel” means so that slot-type machines are now legal in Kentucky.
Senate Bill 120, was passed through the Kentucky Legislature after the Kentucky Supreme Court had already unanimously declared on September 24, 2020, after a decade-long court battle, that these slot-type machines were not “pari-mutuel” and thus illegal in the Commonwealth.
Although there are still substantial constitutional questions surrounding Senate Bill 120, the passing of this bill reveals the truth that when bad legislation is passed it brings negative consequences with it. The negative consequences of the “Slots Bill” are now being clearly seen with the recent announcement that Churchill Downs is set to open a new 43,000 square-foot venue named Derby City Gaming Downtown for slot-type gambling.
Make no mistake about it, with the opening of this new and massive casino, Kentucky families will suffer. Not only will the family be targeted, but also businesses will lose, the government will be corrupted, and the vulnerable will be preyed upon.
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