Ban on ‘gray machines’ gets Senate OK, moves to governor’s desk
Published 11:35 am Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Legislation to ban the slot-like gray machines in Kentucky won passage in the Senate on Tuesday, as did a juvenile justice reform bill on the 25th day of the 30-day legislative session.
House Bill 594, sponsored by Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Lexington, had been approved by the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee earlier in the day, and since it already had two previous readings, was eligible to be placed in the Orders of the Day for its third and final reading, a floor debate and vote.
It was presented by Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, who said, “My personal interest in this has to do with my veterans in Warren County: the VFW, which had charitable gaming, and also the American Legion Post of which I am a member. They have charitable gaming and rely on that pretty heavily. That supports their building, their expenses, and services they provide to veterans, such as taking them to Nashville for their appointments at the VA Hospital.”
The measure passed on a 29-6 vote, and now heads to the governor’s desk.