No Gambling Expansion In Kentucky, But Anti-eBay Legislation Passed
No More eBay In Kentucky First Governor Steve Beshear went after the online gambling industry, claiming that they were taking money that could have stayed in Kentucky, out of Kentucky. Now, the governor appears to have his sights set on eliminating online bargain shopping in the state.
The legislature is meeting this week in a special session to iron out budget problems in Kentucky. Gambling expansion was supposed to be a main subject, but as he so often does, Beshear went off course on Wednesday.
"I am introducing legislation that would make it illegal for Kentuckians to place bids and buy merchandise on eBay," said Beshear at a news conference, "the people of Kentucky should be spending money at state racetracks, and state racetracks only."
Beshear has kept with the notion that if the racetracks are failing financially, it must be because of an outside influence, such as online gambling or eBay. He has not yet conceded the fact that it may be the economy that is hurting the tracks.
Track owners will be put in an awkward situation if the legislation is passed. Many of the owners have said that if they had to downsize their operations, they would use eBay to rid themselves of their excess assets.
"I was going to put some of the old pictures of Kentucky Derby winners on eBay in the hopes that a collector would buy them," said the owner of Churchill Downs, "if this law goes in effect, I don't know what I will do."
Beshear, in a separate statement hours after the first press conference, contradicted his reasons for the eBay ban. He claimed that too many children were stumbling into their parents accounts and being exposed to the dangers of shopping.
"The children are the real losers with the eBay phenomenon," said Beshear, this time at a press conference held in front of a mirror in his house, "there is just no way to safeguard the site. Let's say a five year old gets on the Internet, and types in Tonka trucks. He finds that there is a shiny red truck available. What is to stop the child from stealing his parents credit card, knowing how to set up an eBay account, and bidding on the truck? Now, we have parents who can't pay the bills at home, committed to buying a Tonka truck on eBay."
After convincing himself in front of the mirror that he made the morally correct decision. Beshear signed the legislation he proposed into law.
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