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Lottery opposition still strong in legislature By MARK (HELLGREN Associated Press Writer RANKORT Ky (AP) Political factors account for both the reasons a bill for a statewide lottery might pass and the reasons it might fail Many representatives especially from rural sections of Kentucky say they have moral objections to legalizing a lottery even if it could help the state out of a potentially serious revenue shortfall this coming biennium However other legislators like thedottery idea better than a tax proposal And that could push a lottery through this Legislature and onto the ballot in November heard a lot of sentiment in the House for a lottery versus a tax" said Rep David Thomason Henderson "It's an option In each of the last two sessions of the General Assembly bills that could have led to a state run lottery passed in the Senate but never saw the light of day in the House Once again this year such a bill is pending in the Senate But for a switch some House members are also considering such a proposal Establishing a lottery in Kentucky would be no easy task Section 226 of the Kentucky Constitution expressly forbids lotteries and "gift enterprises As a result it would take a two thirds majority vote of both the House and Senate a signature by the governor and a majority vote of the populace to allow a lottery Senate Bill 116 would amend that section of the Constitution and allow a lottery on the Ken tucky Derby and remove any prohibitions against charitable bingo operations The two previous bills would also have allowed lotteries on the Derby but Sen William Quinlan Louisville a co sponsor of the measure said he is unsure whether a single annual lottery is the best way to approach the matter "We could remove the prohibition generally and then allow the Legislature to establish how the lottery would operate" Quinlan said The attraction of a lottery is simple supporters say It can raise substantial sums of money without really qualifying as a tax a topic most lawmakers prefer to avoid Just how much money a lottery would raise is open to debate Quinlan estimates a lottery on the Derby could raise from $50 million to $70 million annually for state coffers Opponents say those figures are far too high According to information compiled by the Legislative Research Commission 17 states and the District of Columbia permitted lotteries in 1983 The lottery industry in 1980 had $24 billion in gross sales ac cording to the study But that figure can be deceiving because most states require at least 45 percent of the total is usually paid out in prizes and there are also administratie costs involved According to a June 1983 edition of State Government News a publication of The Council of State Governments Arizona realized revenuees of $37 million on sales of $114 million The same report noted Maryland received $1892 million on sales of $4552 million Other states with lotteries such as New York realized far more money $385 million but also have a much larager population than Kentucky Arizona is slighly smaller than Kentucky in population and Maryland is slightly larger Colorado which is also slightly smaller than Kentucky started its lottery in January 1982 The first year of sales generated $218 million for state revenues State officials however project that total to drop substantially by the end of the current fiscal year on July 1 to about $140 million Colorado's experience points up on of the major problems with counting on lottery proceeds to pay state bills is a real question about how reliable is the source of constant dollars" said Sen Mike Moloney a Lexington Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee the lotter were used to provide surplus funds for emergencies it might not be a bad idea Otherwise it presents problems" There are also other technical problems with using lottery money to help the state pay its bills Kentucky faces a potentially serious revenue shortfall this coming biennium Even if the Legislature approves the measure and the voters do likewise in November it would take many months to set up the lottery Those problems were noted by Collins administration officials when asked why they ignored a lottery when casting about for new sources of revenue to fund the governor's programs But the factors likely to kill a lottery idea are political not economic adccujo i Glasgow Daily Tiri I uses 575 250 Donray Inc 1W4 Th Gloso ZUJ Donray l4 rh Glosg USPS 575 250 TWO 25 CENTS VOL NO 24 GLASGOW KENTUCKY 42141 MONDAY JANUARY 30 1984 NIIQ I (JLUlZI C' A 1 1 JO briefly Registration for CPR begins Registration is now underway for two Barren River CPR Training Conferences to be held in ebruary in Glasgow and Munfordville The class for Barren County residents will begin Saturday eb 11 at the Lera Mitchell Clubhouse The Hart County class will begin Saturday eb 25 at the Hart County Library Both classes will run from 8 am 3:30 and are free of charge as a service of volunteer CPR instructors CPR 'cardiopulmonary resuscitation I is a technique used to provide life support measures to help keep an indvidual in a living state until a more ad vanced means of medical care can tie obtained CPR can and does save lives 1 To sign up for one ol these classes contact Renee' Perkins president of the South Central Division ot Kentucky Heart Association Rt 2 Hardyville Kentucky 42746 phone 786 1152 (home) or 651 6171 Ext 211 (TJ Stimson Community Hospital I Three hurt in auto accidents Three weekend accidents resulted in injuries to three persons A two vehicle accident Saturday on the 31 By Pass resulted in one person lieing taken to the Community Hospital Police say Shelia Melton a resident of Burkesville was transported to the hospitalk by the Barren Metcalfe Ambulance Service for treatment of injuries she sustained in that accident According to reports the ac cident occurred when cars driven by Paul Groce of Rt 7 and Jimmy Scott of Burkesville collided Neither Groce nor Scott were injured in the accident which was investigated by Officers Wagoner and Vaughn ol the Glasgow Police Department An accident on West Main Street riday sent Craig Cassady to the Community Hospital for injuries he sustained Cassady was reportedly a passenger in a vehicle driven by Ernest Cassady ol Rt 7 Glasgow Police say the accident occurred when the Cassady vehicle and a car driven by Cathy Wilson of 100 Davis Street collided Capt Norman of the GPD in vestigated Janie Tharp of 913 Cleveland Avenue was transported to the Community Hospital riday lor treatment of injuries she sustained in a two vehicle ac cident on 31 north Police say the accident oc curred when cars driven by Tharp and Elvis Steward of Munfordville collided GPD officer aulkner investigated Area road work will be bid The state Transportation Cabinet will accept bids eb 17 to repair the bridge over the tracks of Railroad on KY 90 Glasgow Cave City Road in Barren County An overlay a waterprool surfacing will be applied to the deck of the bridge to protect them from weather and winter salt The work is part of the state's regular maintenance program to extend the lite of bridges in Kentucky The state will also accept bids eb 17 to repair three bridges in Monroe County An overlay a waterproof surfacing will be applied to the decks of the bridges to protect them from weather and winter salt The bridges to be repaired are: Over Spring Creek on KY 1 mj Gamaliel ountain Run Scottsville Road Over Town Creek on KY 100 Tompkinsville Burkesville Road Over Meshack Creek on KY 100 Tompkinsville Burkesville Road The work is part of the state's regular maintenance program to extend the life of bridges in Kentucky Volunteer firemen complete testing As a result of testing performed Saturday on equipment of the Haywood and Temple Hill Volunteer ire Departments all volunteer departments ithin the county have now met standards set forth by the state to acquire a lower fire rating for sections of the county The testing which was per formed Saturday on the new access road into Barren County High School by a Vocational Teacher from Bowling Green resulted in all county fire departments meeting state standards According to Bobby Wade a member of the Haywood Volunteer ire Department who has worked the past several months on acquiring the lower rating and this could result in a substantial savings to homeowners insurance in the county Homeowners ithin a five mile road radius of each of the county's five departments can receive the savings once the rating change has been made by the state Wade said the rating change is expected to be made by mid April Shoplifting charged here A Horse Cave resident was arrested riday in connection with a shoplifting incident that occurred at Wal Mart Terry Turner of Rt 2 Horse Cave was charged with theft by unlawful taking after he allegedly stole a cassette from the store valued at $5 47 Officials ot the Glasgow Police Department made the arrest weather Tonight mostly cloudy Cold with lows in the low 20s Northwest winds around 15 miles an hour Tuesday partly cloudy with highs in the low 30s West to southwest winds 5 to 10 miles an hour i I 1 rw 4 ta It 4 Stoff Photo by Mary Ann Lyons A light trim please Ricky Kinslow works to clear limbs from a tree he was service were working on South Broadway Mondav pruning He and two other employees of a local tree morning Switcheroo Bill would move primary back to May By CHARLES WOLE Associated Press Writer RANKORT Ky (AP It been two years since the Kentucky General Assembly voted to return the state's primary election date to late August effective this year but a bill introduced in the current legislative session would nip that in the bud 1 The measure is House Bill 350 Its primary sponsor is Rep Mark O'Brien a Louisville Democrat who says he simply preferred a May primary The bill's chief beneficiary however would appear to be US Sen Walter "Dee" Huddleston Ky who already faces a well financed Republican challenger in Jefferson County Judge Executive Mitch McConnell But Huddleston may also be challenged within his party ormer Gov John Brown Jr has hinted broadly at a run for Huddleston's seat but his only firm statement has been that he won't run if the primary returns to May Brown nearly died last June alter open heart surgery and his physicians ordered a year of rest Doctor's orders therefore preclude a spring campaign Huddleston has said he isn't worried about Brown but McCon nell disputed him know that Dee is quite con cerned about Brown almost to the point of paranoia" McConnell said "I think that Brown typically operates on impulse and who knows whether he'll run or not?" The thinking of legislative leaders is that O'Brien's bill might pass in the House where it is pending but would be killed in the Senate "I haven't polled the Senate at all but the individuals I have talked to are not in favor of making the change" said Sen Gene Huff of London the Republican floor leader "Even though there was some support in State Government Committee in the House I don't think that necessarily reflects the whole would not expect unless there's some overriding reason I'm not aware of that there would be much sentiment lor passage) in the Senate" said Sen Joe Wright the chamber's Democratic floor leader The 1982 bill which also scrapped Kentucky's presidential preference primary in favor of a caucus was intended to increase voter par ticipation Huff said Twenty years earlier the General Assembly switched the primary from the fourth Tuesday in August to the first Tuesday after the fourth Monday in May Voter turnout sharply because May was the height of the planting season and farmers couldn't afford a day off to go to the polls Huff said The 1982 bill breezed through the Senate but nearly ran aground in the House It took an all out push by the leadership to get it passed House Speaker Bobby Richardson said it was "too early to whether the current measure will succeed hut Reps Richard Turner House minority floor leader and Bill Donnermeyer House Democratic caucus chairman say it has a chance Donnermeyer voted against the bill in committee saying it was flip flop" measure reading on the thing is that there's no real groundswell of support for it but at the same time there's no move to say that we don't want it It's kind of in between" Donnermeyer said "You can talk all day aliout the merits of having (the primary) earlier or later politically but the only thing I can look at is hether we ought to be changing something we just did" Reagan is official close race predicted WASHINGTON (AP) President Reagan saying he needs another term to complete his work is a candidate for re election with his supporters predicting close tough and his opposition saying the voters will "reject four more years of danger four more years of Reagan ended any lingering doubts about his political plans with a paid political broadcast Sunday night in which he said "Our work is not finished" The president also made it clear he wants George Bush to continue as vice president On his first day as a candidate for re election the 72 year old president's schedule began with a meeting with arms negotiator Edward Rowny He had a midday speech to religious broadcasters while his wife Nancy planned to visit his campaign headquarters "It was a mutual decision" Mrs Reagan said in a statement "1 support him fully" Reagan who turns 73 on eb 6 is the oldest person ever to serve as president and his age and possible objections by his wife were usually cited in speculation that he might decide against a second term But the president clearly is ready to run In an interview with Newsweek magazine Reagan gave a preview of his strategy against Walter Mondale the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination think he has tried to be all things to all Reagan said of Mondale "And 1 think he's made more promises than probably can possibly be kept" The president quoted one of Mondale's Democratic opponents as saying the former vice president's promises would push federal budget deficits to $400 billion Mondale was in San rancisco Sunday night and when asked about Reagan's attack on him replied just beginning to dawn on this administration that they're in trouble Mondale added that the Republican president a record he can't run away.

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