Lawmakers discuss bills to bolster charitable gaming
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Charitable gambling revenues have declined 40 percent in Kentucky in the past decade, and service organizations across the state are feeling the pinch.
In Bowling Green, the local Knights of Columbia chapter has shut down its bingo operation and plans to sell its building. In Shelbyville, a charity that helps disabled people find jobs says its revenue is down 10 percent from last year.
Most of the charitable gaming money comes from pull tabs, a game that resembles slot machines. One bill would let people play an electronic version of pull tabs in the hopes of attracting more players. Another bill would outlaw so-called "Internet sweepstakes cafes" that let people play casino style games in exchange for purchasing Internet access.
Both bills are in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he is open to discussing them.