Nebraska Amendment 1, Pari-Mutuel Betting on Horse Races (1996)

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The Nebraska Pari-Mutuel Betting on Horse Races Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 5, 1996 election ballot in Nebraska, where it was defeated.

Election results

Amendment 1 (Pari-Mutuel Betting on Horse Races)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No388,46256.6%
Yes 236,600 34.5%

Official results via: Nebraska Blue Book 2008-09 (p.261)

Text of measure

A vote "FOR" this proposal will allow the Legislature to authorize off-track pari-mutuel betting on horseraces by such means and at such locations as it might determine, thus removing the present requirement that all betting on horseraces be conducted by licensees within licensed racetrack enclosures in the state.
A vote "AGAINST" this proposal will retain the present requirement that all pari-mutuel betting on horseraces be conducted by licensees within licensed racetrack enclosures.
A constitutional amendment to remove the restriction that wagering on the results of horseraces by the parimutuel method be conducted within a licensed racetrack enclosure and to authorize such wagering to be conducted at locations and by means authorized by the Legislature.[1]

Path to the ballot

This amendment was the fourth of five originally scheduled to be on the 1994 ballot, but was ruled by the State Supreme Court to have not been submitted in a timely manner by the State Legislature. The original wording stated: A Constitutional Amendment to remove the restriction that wagering on the result of horseraces be conducted within a licensed racetrack enclosure and authorize such wagering to be conducted at such locations and by such means as are authorized by the Legislature.''[2]

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