Nebraska Casino Gambling Amendment (2014)

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The Nebraska Casino Gambling Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Nebraska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have permitted the legislature to authorize, regulate and tax casino gambling operations and provide for casino location approval via elections for those in affected cities, towns and counties.[1]

The amendment was introduced into the Nebraska State Senate by State Senator Russ Karpisek (I-32) as Legislative Resolution 416CA.[1]

Text of measure

The ballot question would have read as:[2]

A constitutional amendment to define casino gaming, to permit the Legislature to provide for the authorization, operation, regulation, and taxation of casino gaming, to provide for approval of casino locations by voters in the affected cities, villages, or counties, and to provide for the distribution of proceeds of taxation of casino gaming.

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[ ] Against[3]

Support

The measure was sponsored in the legislature by Sen. Russ Karpisek (I-32).[1]

Supporters

  • Ho-Chunk Inc.[4]

Arguments

  • Sen. Russ Karpisek (I-32) referring to the potential fiscal and state revenue benefits of casinos, said, "Everybody’s talking about (high) property taxes, they’re talking about K-12 education, and we need more money for state parks. There’s a way to solve that."[5]
  • Supporters argue that Nebraska is losing revenue from residents and tourists who travel to Iowa and South Dakota to gamble at casinos.[6]

Opposition

Opponents

  • Gambling With the Good Life[7]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Nebraska Constitution

The Nebraska State Senate needed to pass the legislation by a 60% vote in order to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Senate's General Affairs Committee decided not to take action on the measure. Therefore, the measure did not appear on the general election ballot in November 2014.[8]

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