Kentucky lawmakers have taken the first step to legalize sports betting in the state.

Ellis Park will be impacted by House Bill 175.

A legislative committee approved the bill on Tuesday.

It would also make internet poker and fantasy sports gambling legal.

The proposal would require some of that money to go to regulating the new industry and helping people with gambling addiction.

The rest would go to the state’s struggling public pension systems.

If the bill passes the state house, people would have to bet in person at either a horse racing track like Ellis Park or the Kentucky Motor Speedway, which is the home of NASCAR’s Quaker State 400

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(This story was originally published on February 20, 2019)