Nebraska Horse Racing Bill Clears Second Vote

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Nebraska bill that would allow for machine bets on old horse races has narrowly cleared a second vote in the Legislature.

Lawmakers granted the measure second-round approval Thursday, 26-18.

Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh says he introduced the bill to preserve jobs in the horse racing industry, which has struggled for years despite its deep roots in Nebraska.

Opponents in the Legislature argued that the bill was a form of expanded gambling.

The bill would allow machine bets at licensed Nebraska race tracks from a library of tens of thousands of races chosen at random.

The screens do not do not identify the horses or say when or where the races took place.

One final vote is required before it goes to Gov. Dave Heineman.

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