Sports betting bill stumbles from starting gate in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the starting gate.

A sports wagering bill has exposed tensions among Republicans who control the legislature.

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It has spotlighted a divide between Christian conservatives opposed to sports wagering for religious reasons and lawmakers who see the potential for a new revenue source.

The bill sailed through a legislative committee nearly a month ago but has languished in the full House since then.