Committee Formed to Gain Support for Historic Horse Race Ballot Measure


An official committee has been formed to show support for a proposed ballot measure that would allow betting on historic horse racing machines at Nebraska racetracks.

Nebraskans for Amendment 1 has filed paperwork with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. They say they are planning a strong voter contact and public education campaign.

“Amendment 1 is an historic opportunity for Nebraska voters to write property tax relief into the state constitution,” said Jordan McGrain, spokesman for the committee. “Guaranteeing property tax relief by preserving our strong tradition of horse racing has tremendous appeal to Nebraskans around the state.”

Opponents of the measure argue increased gambling is bad for the state, and one group has filed a lawsuit asking the Nebraska Supreme Court to bar Amendment 1 from being put on the statewide ballot in November. Leaders with Gambling with the Good Life say the machines look and feel like slot machines, something they oppose.

Founding organizers of Nebraskans for Amendment 1 include the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, Hall County Livestock Association, Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Ho-Chunk, Inc., Hastings Exposition and Racing, Omaha Exposition and Racing and Lincoln Race Course.

The committee will have a booth at the Nebraska State Fair, which kicks off Friday.