State's High Court To Hear Arguments Over Gambling Initiative
LINCOLN -- Oral agruments involving a legal challenge to the statewide ballot initiative that would allow betting on previously run horse races are expected to start later this month in the Nebraska Supreme Court. Gambling opponents are trying to disqualify the measure from the ballot. Secretary of State John Gale announced last month that he would allow the measure on the November general election ballot. Lawmakers approved the measure earlier this year. The ballot language would give voters the chance to approve wagering on previously run horse races that are shown on video screens at Nebraska's five licensed race tracks. It also would require that tax revenue from both live and replayed horse races go toward education, property tax relief and a compulsive gambling treatment program. The court has scheduled oral arguments for Aug. 27.