Casino Backers Turn in Petitions

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Backers of a petition that would legalize casinos and allow slot machines across Nebraska announced that they are handing in 640,000 signatures to state officials.

The Keep Money in Nebraska Coalition collected the signatures during a four month drive to place four measures on the November 2 ballot.

In April, the Legislature passed a ballot measure that would allow two casinos in the state. The coalition measure would require the casinos to be in Omaha and it would allow slot machines in bars, restaurants and horse tracks across the state.

The group needed 375,000 signatures in all to assure a place for their measures on the ballot.

Coalition co-chair Greg Robinson says that Nebraska is losing more than $300-million to casinos and gambling in Iowa and surrounding states.

He says the groups ballot measures would generate tax revenue and keep that money in the state.