Bevin says it's up to lawmakers for sports betting

05/15/2018 05:08 PM

LEXINGTON- Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, says it’s up to the Kentucky General Assembly to allow sports betting in the commonwealth.

This comes after the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act—which outlawed betting on sports in states—was unconstitutional. Bevin was listed in support of the lawsuit in an Amicus Brief filed by New Jersey, and said he agrees with the courts that states should determine if betting is allowed.

“The ruling that came down yesterday was really a ruling specific to the sovereignty of states, and the rights of states to do things and where the federal government doesn’t have the ability to pick winners and losers,” he said.

Bevin wouldn’t say whether he supports allowing sports betting in Kentucky, ultimately putting the responsibility on lawmakers.

“I’m agnostic at this point because we don’t have enough information, we really don’t,” Bevin said. “I think it would be wise to always make sure we always have all of the information available to use before any changes or determinations is made and that really is the role of elected officials in the state.”

Monday, while at a community forum in Hopkinsville however, he said he did not support using gambling as a way to increase revenue in the state, despite supporting the ruling of the Supreme Court.

“The fact that I was actually party to that because I do think these are the types of things that could be determined at the state level. I don’t think that’s the solution for our state, I really don’t.” he said.

Unless lawmakers go into a special session, a decision on sports betting would not be able to be decided until the 2019 General Assembly Session.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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