Beshear signs order to create sports wagering advisory council

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Earlier this week, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission met to approve emergency regulations allowing Kentuckians to make bets on sports legally after a bill passed the Kentucky legislature this spring.

A few days after approving the regulations, the governor signed an executive order to create a council to oversee the program.

“This is about having some additional voices at the table that will be able to provide different thoughts on everything from regulation to potential changes,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in his Thursday press conference, noting that the horse racing commission has been traditionally about the horse racing industry. 

In less than 60 days, Kentuckians can make their first-ever sports bets in Kentucky.

Retail locations will open on Thursday, Sept. 7, and mobile applications will launch Thursday, Sept. 28.

The council will include the Public Protection Cabinet Secretary, three members, and an employee of the Horse Racing Commission. 

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