The Legal Sports Betting bill passed on Friday morning thanks to Governor Andy Beshear signing the bill into law. It was approved 25-12 in the Senate and just barely hit the majority needed for it to pass which was 23. Legal Sportsbooks can now operate in Kentucky.
Many thought this bill was destined to fail after a similar bill went through the Kentucky House only for the Senate to kill it with a lack of support from the more traditional GOP caucus in the Bluegrass State.
Apparently, the bill’s passing was a surprise because Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer originally said the bill was around one vote short, but it was quickly added to last Thursday’s agenda and was then voted on just 30 minutes later.