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Nebraska committee hears slots arguments

27 January 2009

LINCOLN, Nebraska -- As reported by KOLN/KGIN: "Supporters of a plan to allow slot machines at Nebraska horseracing tracks told a legislative committee the idea could save the racing industry in Nebraska.

"Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber proposed a constitutional amendment to allow 3500 video slot machines at Nebraska racetracks. Some of the money made by the slots would go the state roads department.

"The Legislature's General Affairs Committee listened to supporters and opponents at Monday's public hearing on the proposed amendment, and a companion bill outlining how expanded gambling would work.

"Opponents said the proposal is a 'bailout' for the racing industry that Nebraskans have rejected in the past..."

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