Legislature Chooses Inaction on Gambling Proposal

A proposed ballot measure to allow casino gambling in Nebraska isn't going anywhere this year. The Legislature's General Affairs Committee opted not to take action on the proposed constitutional amendment. The measure by Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber would have put the question on the November ballot. The measure would have allocated half of the state gambling tax revenue to property tax relief, 25% to K-12 education, 12% to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and 12% to water projects. 1% would have gone into a state assistance fund for compulsive gamblers. It also would have required community approval when a casino was proposed. Nebraska voters last rejected casino gambling in 2004.