Kentucky Targets Internet Cafes

Two bills in the Kentucky Senate seek to boost charity gaming by attacking internet cafes and permitting charities to sell electronic pull-tabs.

The Kentucky state Senate is considering measures introduced with the intent of boosting the competitiveness of charitable gaming in the state.

One measure, sponsored by state Senator Mike Wilson, clarifies the law concerning internet sweepstakes cafes. The bill would specifically outlaw the cafes, which sell internet time to customers for the purpose of playing online slot games, and pay out cash as prizes. Wilson has complained that the cafes cut into the business of legal charitable gaming venue. The bill stating that the cafes are illegal passed the Senate Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations on a unanimous vote.

The second bill would allow charities with bingo halls to sell electronic pull-tabs, which are tablet versions of the traditional paper game.