Kentucky: Sports betting, gray games and bourbon: Here are the key tax bills filed late in Frankfort

Kentucky: Sports betting, gray games and bourbon: Here are the key tax bills filed late in Frankfort

Article brief provided by Louisville Courier Journal
  • Joe Sonka , Louisville Courier Journal
February 23, 2023 3:22 PM
  • Joe Sonka , Louisville Courier Journal
  • Kentucky
  • Commercial Casinos

With the deadline to file new legislation passing Wednesday in the state House, several much-anticipated bills for the legislature’s 2023 session finally arrived.

Dueling legislation from opponents and supporters of the cash payouts games proliferating in stores across the states was filed, as well as a bill to legalize, regulate and tax sports betting in Kentucky.

A bill also was filed to phase out property taxes on the value of bourbon barrels, an issue pitting the industry against local schools and governments.

One added caveat — dozens of “shell bills” were also filed, serving as placeholders that can be stuffed with entirely new language, taxes or appropriations, and then advanced into law at the last moments of the session.