The Louisville Courier-Journal has reported that the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments over Instant Racing next week. It has been three years since Instant Racing was approved by the Kentucky Racing Commission, but legal challenges then were filed. Two tracks, Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park, began offering Instant Racing, but other tracks in the state have waited as the legality of the machines became questioned.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the court will consider whether a lower court erred in an earlier lawsuit filed by racing regulators to establish Instant Racing's legality. Opponents to the games have since joined the lawsuit. According to the Courier-Journal, should the Supreme Court stick to that issue, there's a strong chance the case will be sent back to a lower court. However, the Supreme Court justices instructed attorneys to spend half their oral arguments addressing the legality of Instant Racing.
"Hopefully the courts are going to uphold it so that we can at least create some additional revenue for our tracks and our purses and get us on a little better level playing field with the other states,” Gov. Steve Beshear told the newspaper earlier this week.
The Family Foundation of Kentucky maintains that Instant Racing is an illegal form of slot machines.
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