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Casino Proponents Push for Gambling Vote

17 July 2006

NEBRASKA – As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star: "The group backing the three-casino gambling proposal are asking the courts to force Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale to put the issue on the November 2006 ballot.

"The proposal to allow one casino in each of the state's three congressional districts is 'substantially and essentially different' from the casino proposals voters rejected in 2004, according to the petition filed Friday afternoon in Lancaster County District court.

"The lawsuit was expected after Gale ruled earlier in the week that the plan could not be placed on the ballot even though backers likely collected enough voter signatures.

"Gale said the proposal violates a constitutional provision that bans petition initiatives that are substantially similar from being on the ballot more than once in three years.

"But the pro-gambling group contends Gale interpreted that three-year limitation too broadly.

"…Pro-gambling groups contend there are many differences between the two plans, including the number of casinos and the distribution of the tax dollars…"

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