Group Files Lawsuit to Keep Historic Horse Races Off Ballot
(7-29-14) A Nebraska anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit to keep off the November ballot a measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots. Gambling with the Good Life said Tuesday that it filed the lawsuit on Monday.
Executive director Pat Loontjer says the measure violates the Nebraska Constitution's provision against asking voters to answer two questions in just one vote. The group's attorney, Steve Grasz, says the filing asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to bar the secretary of state from putting what would be Amendment 1 on the statewide ballot. If approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would clear the way for the video terminals at licensed tracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus.