Could a casino be in Prestonsburg's future?
With the state legislature set to return to session next week, proponents are once again getting ready to make another push to legalize gambling in Kentucky. And in at least one of the bills being brought before legislators, Prestonsburg could be one prime target for a casino.
State Rep. Dennis Keene has pre-filed a bill which would allow voters in certain areas of the state to decide whether or not to allow casinos in their communities. Such elections would be limited to counties with populations over 90,000 or in fourth-class cities that already have horse racing tracks within their boundaries. Prestonsburg would meet that second classification.
Under terms of the proposal, the casino question could be put on the ballot either by the city council passing an ordinance to that effect or by submission of a petition with a number of signatures equal to 25 percent of the votes cast in the preceding general election. Keeneâ€™s bill would place oversight of casinos under the umbrella of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.