Lawmakers Pass Ballot Measure to Approve Betting on Old Horse Races


The Legislature has passed a ballot measure that would allow individuals to place bets on previously run horse races.

Lawmakers voted 30-17 Monday in a second attempt to approve the proposed constitutional amendment after falling short of approval last week.

The measure by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha would allow voters to decide if Nebraska should license and regulate wagering through video terminals that show old races. Information that would identify specific horses or races is removed before they're shown.

If approved by voters, the amendment would only allow the installation of video betting terminals at race tracks.

Supporters argue that allowing the bets would help the struggling horse racing industry and increase attendance at live racing events. Opponents say the measure amounts to expanded gambling.