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Adelson Promotes Casinos for Nebraska

11 February 2003

LINCOLN, Nebraska – As reported by the Associated Press: "One of America's richest men strode into the Capitol on Monday with an entourage of men in business suits and a glitzy DVD presentation to convince lawmakers that Nebraska is ready for casinos.

"`Casinos create jobs and create tax revenue and provide a lot of economic benefit for any community,' said billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner of The Venetian hotel-casino in Las Vegas and developer of a gambling resort in Macau.

"…Accompanying Adelson was William Weidner, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Inc., the parent company of Venetian.

"…The men attended a hearing before the Legislature's General Affairs Committee on four proposed constitutional amendments that would ask voters to approve casino gambling in one form or another.

"One plan (LR11CA), by Sen. Ray Janssen of Nickerson, would ask voters whether they want casinos. If voters say yes, lawmakers would then decide where and how many casinos to allow.

"Another measure (LR6CA), by Sen. Ed Schrock of Elm Creek, would allow up to eight casinos within six miles of the state's borders and at horse tracks.

"A third (LR14CA), by Lincoln Sen. DiAnna Schimek, would allow casinos on land owned by the state's four Indian tribes. It also would allow up to five casinos within two miles of any state that allows casino gambling.

"A fourth, (LR23CA), by Sen. LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth, would authorize casino gambling anywhere with the tax proceeds going to boost tourism.

"..Nebraskans spend an estimated $360 million a year gambling at the casinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the Missouri River from Omaha…"

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