March 16, 2023

KAIG Statement Regarding Gov. Beshear Signing HB 594
To Ban Gray Machines Into Law

We applaud Governor Beshear for quickly signing House Bill 594 into law. Banning gray machines sends a clear message that in Kentucky, we follow the law and do not reward illegal behavior. Our lawmakers carefully considered this issue and made the right choice. HB 594 is a good law that will protect Kentucky communities and families.

March 14, 2023

KAIG Statement Regarding Senate Passage of House Bill 594 to Ban Gray Machines

We commend the Kentucky General Assembly for bringing House Bill 594 across the finish line to protect Kentucky families and communities from the dangers of illegal gray machine gambling. The passage of HB 594 is yet another example of Kentucky lawmakers wisely, carefully and deliberately debating the expansion of gaming and only doing so in the best interests of Kentuckians. We now urge Governor Beshear to swiftly sign HB 594 and make it the law of the land.

March 14, 2023

Statement Regarding Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee Passage of House Bill 594 to Ban Gray Machines

Kentucky communities are one step closer to being free from the dangers of illegal gray machine gambling. We applaud the Senate Licensing & Occupations Committee for passing HB 594 and now urge the full Senate to swiftly send a clean version of this good bill to the Governor’s desk. This is the only way to prevent thousands of Kentucky’s restaurants, gas stations and small businesses from turning into mini casinos.

March 8, 2023

Statement Regarding House Passage of House Bill 594 to Ban Gray Machines

We applaud the Kentucky House of Representatives for quickly reconsidering and passing House Bill 594 to ban illegal gray machines. This was the right decision to protect Kentucky’s future. We urge the Senate to quickly do the same and stop the massive proliferation of illegal gray machine gambling that is threatening the safety of Kentucky families and communities. Passing HB 594 is the only certain and viable option to prevent every restaurant, gas station and convenience store in the Commonwealth from becoming a mini casino— bringing robberies, underage gambling, and violent crime to our communities.

March 3, 2023

Statement Regarding the Kentucky House Tabling House Bill 594 to Ban Gray Machines

We are extremely disappointed in Representative Doan and all members of the Kentucky House who voted to table House Bill 594. They have just voted for the largest expansion of gambling in our state’s history. The fight to ban gray machines and protect Kentucky families is far from over. We strongly encourage the House to reconsider HB 594 as soon as possible. Not passing HB 594 is a vote for the continued proliferation of untaxed, unregulated and dangerous illegal gambling across the Commonwealth.

February 28, 2023

Kentucky Tonight Covers Gray Machines

Watch video clips from Kentucky Tonight discussing gray machines

February 23, 2023

KAIG Statement in Support of HB 594 to Ban Gray Machine Gambling

“Illegal gray machine gambling poses a significant threat to our Commonwealth, our families and our communities. The only way to truly protect Kentucky’s bright future is to pass House Bill 594 and ban these illegal gambling machines once and for all.

February 3, 2023

'Skill for idiots' | 'Gray machines' push limits of gambling in Kentucky

By Chris Otts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Linda Shore saddled up to one of the three Burning Barrel machines in the back of Bud’s Tavern, a bar advertising “good food, good times, good people” in a Jeffersontown strip mall that also includes a karate studio and a Mexican restaurant called The Yellow Cactus.

January 31, 2023

Leitchfield PD asking for help identifying convenience story burglary suspects

By Ken Howlett

The Leitchfield Police Department is requesting the public’s help identifying two suspects who burglarized a Leitchfield convenience store.

December 27, 2022

Casinos Fight for Gaming Turf as Vegas-Style Machines Show Up in Local Bars, Convenience Stores

By Katherine Sayre
The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. casino industry has mounted a campaign over what it says should be considered gambling. In some states, videogame machines that look like Las Vegas-style slots have moved into bars, convenience stores and social clubs. The game developers say that unlike gambling that occurs on slot machines, these games require players to use skill to win money.

December 15, 2022

Time to stop illegal gambling ‘Gray Machines’ in Kentucky: Opinion

By Mark Guilfoyle
The Lane Report

If an illegal business that could harm our children and families came into our community, we’d expect local authorities to shut it down quickly. But when it comes to illegal “gray machine” gambling, Kentucky has turned a blind eye.

December 18, 2022

Problem Gambling Is on the Rise Among Young Men

By Clare Ansberry
The Wall Street Journal

More time spent online, more states legalizing sports betting and an increase in gambling-like elements in videogames contribute to problems.

December 13, 2022

Expensive fight over slots-like ‘gray machines’ looms in Kentucky legislature

By Joe Sonka
Courier Journal

Whether you call them “skill games” or “gray machines,” the devices resembling slot machines with cash payouts and proliferating in stores and clubs across Kentucky are certain to be the subject of at least two hotly debated bills in the upcoming session of the state…

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