Republican Kentucky State Representative Adam Koenig, will be refiling a sports betting Bill that he wrote, before December 1 he told casnio.com. Koenig,48, of Erlanger, Kentucky has been in office since 2007. Koenig is very outspoken when it comes to his sports betting bill. He said it was very close the last time it was put before the Legislator. Last year his bill was able to easily pass through the House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, which Koenig is the chairman of.
However, when the bill made its way to the Kentucky House, it couldn’t successfully be voted in before the session ended. Koenig is still very optimistic, he said the landscape for 2020 will be very different than it was last year. Something that Koenig is banking on in the new session is a very powerful ally he has in his corner. Governor-elect Andy Beshear, made legalized sports betting and other types of gambling part of his campaign platform.
Koenig Believes He & The Governor Elect Can Work On Getting The Bill Passed
Rep Koenig firmly believes that he and the new Governor can work on getting his bill passed and helping the people of Kentucky, some of whom are in dire straights. Koenig said he has not yet been able to personally speak to Governor-elect Beshear or any member of his team working on the bill. He lamented that ‘things have been crazy busy, and he’s fine-tuning his bill and has been working on it around the clock. The 2019 bill was asking for the existing horse racing tracks and the Kentucky Speedway to be allowed to apply for sports betting licenses. The state currently has no casinos but has world-renowned horse racing. The upcoming Kentucky session will begin on January 7th, 2020 and run until April 15th, which will be a 60-day session.
This says Koenig is also in his favor, its twice as long as the 2019 session. Koenig believes his team along with the Governor, will be successful in getting the bill faced.
Three Neighboring States Have Passed Sports Betting Since The Kentucky Bill Failed
Proponents of Koenig’s sports bill expressed optimism because of all the advance in just the year since the bill did not pass. Illinois, Tennessee and Indiana passed their own sports betting bills in 2019. Which is a good sign says Koenig, ‘that our neighbors are all prospering as we are haggling over small issues’. West Virginia passed a similar bill in 2018, and has had a very successful first year of sports betting. Koenig looked very carefully at the bills in the neighboring states that passed. He wanted to see if perhaps their success was something that he could add to the Kentucky bill. After his own independent research, he concluded that he didn’t take any elements of the other’s bills that he incorporated into his bill. Koenig and supporters of the bill say 2020 will be ‘their shining year.”