Proposal to Expand Horse Racing in Nebraska Fails


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A proposed ballot measure that could allow betting on previously recorded horse races has failed to win enough support from Nebraska lawmakers.

Backers fell short Thursday of the 30 votes needed to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.

The legislation, by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, would have allowed voters in November to decide if Nebraska should license and regulate wagering on the races.

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.

Lautenbaugh filed a motion to reconsider the vote, so lawmakers may vote on the issue again this session.