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8:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Neb. historic horse racing measure approved

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has been passed by the Nebraska Legislature.

Lawmakers voted 30-17 in a second attempt to approve the proposed constitutional amendment. Last week, lawmakers fell short of approving the measure.

The measure by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, allows voters in November to decide if Nebraska should license and regulate wagering on the races.

If approved by voters, the amendment would only allow the installation of video betting terminals at race tracks.

Supporters argue that allowing the bets would help the struggling horse racing industry and increase attendance at live racing events. Opponents say the measure amounts to expanded gambling.

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