Testimony to allow for state gaming was presented to a Nebraska General Affairs
Committee on Monday. If approved, voters may be asked again to decide if gaming
should be legalized in November.
Senator Russ Karpisek introduced the proposed constitutional amendment. It would
give the area where a casino would like to be built, the power to decide if the
project would be approved. Either the county or the city would have the final
Currently the state allows horse racing and Keno. There is also the state
lottery. However, in 2004 voters decided against casino gaming.
The new proposed casino bill would give tax money to various programs. 25
percent would go to schools. Funding for water projects would receive 12
percent. The state's Game and Parks Commission would also receive 12 percent. A
percentage would also go to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund. As well as
other tax relief.
The General Affairs Committee has yet to make a ruling.
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