Group Will Push for Horse-Racing Ballot Measure

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Business and agricultural groups are joining forces to campaign for a Nebraska ballot measure that would allow electronic betting on previously run horse races.

The group Nebraskans for Amendment 1 announced Thursday that it has filed papers with the state.

Amendment 1 will appear on the November ballot. The measure would allow the horse-racing machines at licensed Nebraska racetracks.

Group spokesman Jordan McGrain says the measure would preserve Nebraska's horse-racing tradition and generate money for education as well as the state fund that reduces property taxes. The coalition includes the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, agriculture and horse-racing groups and Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Opponents have filed a lawsuit to try to remove the measure from the ballot.