Kentucky State Senator, Mike Wilson, has pre-filed a bill to stop illegal online gambling cyber cafes from taking business away from veteran and charitable gaming establishments.
Kentucky is the latest American state to join the ‘is online gambling more dangerous that weapons grade plutonium’ debate, after Kentucky Senate representative, Mike Wilson, put his full weight behind a bill that would ban online gambling in the Bluegrass State.
Wilson has his felt tip pens out and wants to turn the grey area of Kentucky online gambling as black as a Ravens wing. Only he isn’t looking for a way of introducing a new form of income into the state by legalizing the thing. Instead, he wants to protect the war veterans by banning it.
WBKO News broke the story that Wilson had pre-filed bill BR229 to be reviewed sometime during the 2015 legislative sessions. Unlike other politicians (and wannabe politicians) Harry Reid and Sheldon Adelson, Wilson doesn’t have an eye on the forthcoming online gambling apocalypse, and instead is focusing his ire on the state’s cybercafes, that are offering the opportunity to gamble online.
“What they’ve done is they’ve taken away the charitable gaming from people like our veterans who are the VFW and the American Legion, which I’m a member there also. As well as, the Knights of Columbus, it’s really hurt them big time,” Wilson told WBKO News.
Wilson isn’t the only Kentucky based politician who is up in arms about the shady area of cybercafes. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has also announced his intention to try and close down what he terms ‘illegal Internet gambling’ sites. During a press conference he referred to the online gambling sites as ‘leeches on our community’ and believed that they were taking good money away from their racetracks.
It’s not just the online gambling industry that has suffered a slap in the face this month. Our very own Pete Amsel brought you news, earlier this month, that the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) had withdrawn their support to bring land based casino gaming to the state. Once again it seems the concern that casino business would send punters tumbling away from the racetrack is the primary reason behind the change of mind.