- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two bills designed to help the state’s struggling charitable gambling industry have cleared a state Senate committee.

The first bill would let people play an electronic version of the popular paper pull tab games used by many charities. Local charities said they hope the games, played on a tablet-like device, will attract a younger set of customers to replace the shrinking number of Bingo players.

The second bill would clarify that so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes are illegal in Kentucky. The cafes let people purchase Internet access for the chance to win cash prizes while playing online casino-style games. The businesses operate outside of the state’s gambling regulations. A recent attorney general’s opinion said the cafes are illegal, but local government leaders say the law is unclear and difficult to enforce.

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