Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission readies for potential casinos

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:05 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission is currently looking for bids from contractors to help finalize rules and regulations for casinos. This after the governor signed off on casino guidelines this session.

Racing and Gaming officials said there’s a lot that’ll have to happen between now and the end of the year before we could see any form of gaming at licensed horse tracks.

Officials said they have rules and regulations in place, but nothing has been finalized yet. They’re asking for a consulting firm to do an eight week project this summer to help get everything in order.

Once that’s done they’ll petition the governor’s office for a hearing. Then there will be a public hearing with the Racing and Gaming Commission. Finally, the governor attorney general and secretary of state will sign off on it.

“We still have to hire a tremendous amount of staff,” said Tom Sage, director of Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission. “Maybe not initially in the next few months, but we are going to have to hire staff. You’re going to need enforcement. You’re going to need compliance. You’re going to need auditing.”

Casino organizers expect it to create 925 jobs at the three proposed casinos. Racing and Gaming expects that number to be much higher, with the people it’ll have to hire.

Since Racing and Gaming is hoping all of this is done by the end of the year, Nebraska could see the 305 slots going into the Lincoln Race Course immediately following that and then the Casino being fully built by the end of 2023.

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