Beshear joins GOP lawmaker to promote sports betting bill

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, right, and Republican state Rep. Adam Koenig, left, teamed up at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky., to push for passage of a bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky. The proposal cleared a House committee in mid-January but has been awaiting a vote in the full House since then. (AP Photo/ Bruce Schreiner)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT/AP) For people who like predicting sports and placing a wager on the outcome, you might be in favor of a new push for a bill that will legalize sports betting.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has teamed up with a Republican lawmaker to push for a bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky. Beshear and Rep. Adam Koenig were joined Thursday by representatives of business and education groups to call for passage of the sports wagering measure.

The bill has stalled in the House since winning committee approval in mid-January. Beshear says the bill’s passage is the “right thing to do” to generate more state revenue.

Sports wagering would generate an estimated $22 million to $25 million in yearly revenue.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 8, 2020)

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