The legislation, known as Senate Bill 28, included an amendment from the state House expressing legislative intent to remain neutral in a pending legal dispute regarding historical horse racing.
Internet cafes are for-profit businesses that sell Internet access for a chance to play computer-based, casino-style games, or sweepstakes, in which customers can win cash prizes, said SB 28 sponsor Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. He said the cafes are located in buildings that contain banks of computers with Internet access. Each purchase at the cafe entitles a customer to a certain number of sweepstakes entries. The customer then determines whether the sweepstakes entries are winners by logging onto a computer.
Kentucky cities previously testified that
they have seen an increase in these businesses throughout the state, often in
cities bordering Tennessee, Indiana
states that have cracked down on such business. One of the first Internet cafés
in Ohio Kentucky opened in several years ago. In the last
few months, an Internet café opened in Bowling Green .