Could Kentucky Legalize Sports Betting in 2023? Hear from the GOP leaders of the House and Senate

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Kentucky’s two top GOP leaders from the House and Senate remain divided on the prospects for sports betting. House Speaker David Osborne and Senate Speaker Robert Stivers both appeared Monday on a panel discussion for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Preview Conference in Lexington. The moderator, Ashli ​​Watts, CEO of the chamber, noted that the issue’s advocate, Rep. Adam Koenig, was defeated in a Republican primary earlier this year and asked the two lawmakers who would take on the matter. “I don’t know if such an advocate has come out on the front lines, but it will be an issue that will continue to be discussed,” Osborne said. A bill legalizing sports betting in Kentucky passed the House of Representatives at the 2022 General Assembly but never received even a Senate committee hearing. Many in the Senate have viewed Stivers as one of the main obstacles to his passage, though he has described himself as “ambivalent on the East,” he said.

Kentucky’s two top GOP leaders from the House and Senate remain divided on the prospects for sports betting.

House Speaker David Osborne and Senate President Robert Stivers both appeared Monday on a panel discussion for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Preview Conference in Lexington.

Chamber CEO Ashli ​​Watts, moderator, noted that the matter’s advocate, Rep. Adam Koenig, was defeated in a Republican primary earlier this year, and asked the two lawmakers who would take on the matter.

“I don’t know if a champion has come forward as such, but it will be an issue that will continue to generate discussion,” Osborne said.

A bill legalizing sports betting in Kentucky passed the House of Representatives at the 2022 General Assembly but never received even a Senate hearing.

Many in the Senate have viewed Stivers as one of the main obstacles to his passage, though he described himself as “ambivalent” on the issue.

“If it was a contest like that, I don’t think Adam Koenig would have lost,” he said.

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