Henley doubts viability of Governor’s casino amendment
by Hawkins Teague
Mar 05, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, Rep. Melvin Henley (D – Murray), who represents part of Trigg County, voted to move the controversial casino bill out the Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The bill would allow citizens to vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in Kentucky. Henley told the Cadiz Record that he voted to move the bill out of committee so that the House of Representatives could move on to more important issues. He said that if it came to the floor for a vote, he would vote against it. He said, though, that he doubted the bill would even get that far.

“(Supporters of the bill) don’t have the votes out on the floor to pass it,” Henley said. “We’ve got to get the budget going and the retirement reform bill. But we weren’t doing anything until we got this out of the way.”

Henley said he didn’t think the bill would be brought to the floor unless there were 63 votes, and he counted 45 as of Friday afternoon. Besides the budget, Henley said he wanted legislators to move forward with House Bill 600, which would reform Kentucky’s retirement pension system for government workers if passed by the Senate. This bill, which passed the house last week 96-0, would affect workers who started after July 1, 2008. The bill would require workers to work 30 years instead of the current 27, and be 55 before they qualified for full retirement. Henley said that the current pension system is underfunded by $26 billion.

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