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Claim: Kentucky is planning the "purchase of a submarine to patrol the waters of the Commonwealth and search and destroy all casino riverboats."
Origins: The above-quoted text is indeed a resolution (HR256) introduced in the Commonwealth of Kentucky's House of Representatives in March 2002, but casino riverboats docked on the Ohio River need not fear they'll be sunk by a lurking menace operated by the Bluegrass State anytime soon.
This item isn't a bill, but a resolution, which means that even if it passed, it would have no binding effect — the passage of a resolution simply means "The legislators officially agree this is good idea," not "The state is now obligated to abide by whatever this resolution says." And chances are it won't ever be voted upon, much less passed.
The resolution was introduced by Tom Burch, a state representative from Louisville, as a wry commentary on Kentucky's continued prohibition of gambling. Kentucky doesn't allow it, yet thousands of Kentuckians simply cross the Ohio River to Indiana, where gambling is legal, and drop an estimated
The resolution "was done in jest," Burch said, "but it was done for a purpose."
As FOX News noted,
Last updated: 18 July 2007
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