Stumbo says casino proponents tried, failed and now its 'time to move on'

02/24/2012 01:57 PM

The much-debated casino bill seems to have heard its death rattle for this legislative session, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Friday.

Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg, told reporters that the House has no plans to resurrect the measure after its defeat in the state Senate on Thursday. And Stumbo said he has not heard from Gov. Steve Beshear, who had been pushing for its passage, about bringing it back either.

The Republican controlled Senate rejected the measure to allow casinos in Kentucky Thursday with a 16-21 vote – seven votes shy of the total needed for a constitutional amendment.

“The wording I think caused some confusion, the politics I think caused some confusion,” Stumbo said when asked what he thought about its defeat and the governor’s handling of the issue. “It got a full and fair hearing now it’s time to move on.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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