Kentucky's newly elected governor has left some Indiana officials bracing for the possibility that its southern neighbor may legalize gambling.
Kentucky's governor-elect is Democrat Steve Beshear, who ran on a platform that included the legalization of casinos.
If Kentucky moves to legalize gambling and opens its own casinos it could cost southern Indiana's riverboats (m) millions of dollars spent by out-of-state visitors.
Although Beshear favors legalized gambling, he must convince Kentucky's General Assembly to approve a proposed constitutional amendment by a three-fifths majority in both chambers. If they approve, the question could be on the ballot as early as next year.
But even if it passes, it would be a couple years before a casino could open in Kentucky.
Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel says there's no doubt that Kentucky casinos would have a negative impact on his city's revenue from its downtown casino.