Petitions Aim to Bring Gaming to Horse Tracks
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Petitions Aim to Bring Gaming to Horse Tracks

August 17, 2019


HORSE TRACK GAMING COULD BE BACK ON THE TABLE FOR NEBRASKA OR AT LEAST ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT IF ENOUGH SIGNATURES ARE COUNTED. OUR ERIN MURRAY CONTINUES TO TRACK THE CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC SHE JOINS US LIVE AT HORSEMAN’S PARK, FOR ONE OF THE FEW DAYS OF THE YEAR WE SEE REAL HORSES RACING. ERIN. YES THE FIRST RACE WILL START AT 6-30. AND IT’S LIVE HORSE RACING RIGHT HERE THAT IS THE HOOK TO ADD IN HORSE TACK GAMING LIKE SLOT MACHINES. EARLY THIS MONTH THREE PETITIONS WERE TURNED INTO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, AND IF THOSE SIGNATURES ADD UP, NEBRASKANS WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE YES OR NO COME NOVEMBER. THE ATMOSPHERE AT HORSEMAN’S PARK, ESPECIALLY ON LIVE RACE DAY NATS: PEOPLE IS EXCITING. IT IS NOT ALWAYS WE SEE LIVE RACING. MIKE NEWLIN / HORSEMAN’S PARK GENERAL MANAGER: “I THINK NOW THAT THE CASINOS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE, THE NOVELTY OF ONLY HAVE RACING ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR, DOES REALLY BRING PEOPLE OUT.” ALL THE GAMBLING HERE IS STRICTLY ON THESE HORSES, AND HORSES RACING AROUND THE COUNTRY. BUT ACROSS THE STATE COUNTY ELECTION OFFICES ARE COUNTING SIGNATURES ON THREE PETITIONS. ERIN MURRAY / [email protected] WT.COM: “THE FIRST WOULD AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW GAMING AT LICENSED HORSE RACING TRACKS IN NEBRASKA, THE SECOND IS A LAW CHANGE TO TAX THAT GAMING AND THIRD, ALSO A LAW CHANGE TO REGULATE THE GAMING.” THE QUESTION NOW IS IT TIME FOR GAMING AND GAMBLING OPTIONS IN NEBRASKA? SCOTT LAUTENBAUGH, WITH PRO- GAMBLING GROUP “KEEP THE MONEY IN NEBRASKA,” SEEMS TO THINK SO. SCOTT LAUTENBAUGH / PRO-GAMBLING: “WE HAVE GAMBLING ALL AROUND US, WE JUST DON’T GET ANY REVENUE FOR OUR PEOPLE, FROM IT.” BUT THERE ARE SOME, LIKE PAT LOONTJER, WHO STAND FIRM THAT THESE PETITIONS COULD LEAD TO A SLIPPERY SLOPE. PAT LOONTJER / ANTI-GAMBLING: “WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT A FEW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET VERY RICH, AND A LOT OF NEBRASKANS ARE GOING TO BE HURT. FAMILIES ARE GOING TO GET HURT, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE GOING TO GET HURT. THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH MONEY, AND WHEN SOMEONE LOSES THEIR PAY CHECK IN A CASINO OR SLOT MACHINE. THEY ARE NOT MAKING THEIR HOUSE PAYMENT, THEY ARE NOT BUYING THE KIDS NEW SCHOOL CLOTHES.” TWO VERY STRONG VIEWPOINTS. THE SIGNATURES SHOULD ALL BE COUNTED BY MID AUGUST, AND THEN WE WILL KNOW IF IT MAKES THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. AS FOR HERE AT HORSEMEN’S PARK. IT’S LIVE RACING THIS WEEKEND.. POST TIME WAS AT 6:30. TOMORROW IT’S AT 4.. MATT? THANK YOU!

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