A bill that would legalize sports betting passed a vote in the Kentucky House with nearly two votes in support for every vote against.
HB551, sponsored by Rep. Michael Meredith (R-Oakland), passed 63-34. It would legalize sports betting at the state’s racetracks and would cost facilities $500,000 upfront and $50,000 every year.
Kentucky has been grappling with the idea of creating a legal sports betting market ever since the 2018 PAPSA opened the door to gambling nationwide. 36 states and Washington D.C. have since made the change, but Kentucky has not been able to reach any agreements.