Nebraska Residents Fight for Casino Gambling

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Residents of Nebraska are fighting to put a gambling referendum on the 2020 ballot, looking to legalize casino gambling in the state.

The move comes after lawmakers have taken steps to legalize sportsbetting in the Cornhusker State, but residents are looking to legalize casino gaming, as residents currently travel to neighboring Iowa to do their betting. Residents are working to gather signatures, and need to gather a large number to get the measure on the 2020 ballot, which will join presidential, congressional, and other measures to be voted on.

Residents for casino gambling say that they want to try to and keep money within Nebraska, while also providing tax relief in some areas.

"Now is the time. Casino gambling has been legal been next door in Council Bluffs for 25 years," said Mike Newlin, general manager of Nebraska Horseman. "People don't fear casino gaming the way they used to, they look at it more as an entertainment venue."

With that said, not all Nebraskans want casinos within their state. Pat Loontjer, the executive director of Gambling with the Good Life is one of those opposed. Speaking about the measure, he remarked: "You'll have an increase in crime, divorces, bankruptcies, abuse, a lot of negatives that come with gambling."

"The whole state of Nebraska would be affected. So if we change our constitution and allow slot machines to come in, you're going to have that poison all across the state."

We'll follow this story and update readers if numbers of signatures on the petitions are released.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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2 August 2019 - 7:14pm

Even from the state perspective(which usually is not my point of view) you could sense there's not much point in leaving your own citizens travel to the neighboring states and leave their money there why you could collect and gaining fees for all this gambling activity.

Probably the first step for Nebraska authorities would be legalizing Casino gambling and eventually sportsbeting after the end the local punters would be happy about it too.

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3 August 2019 - 5:41am

I understand the negative impact of gambling, without proper regulations and supervisions, but in the case that residents are going to the next state only to spend their money just because there isn't enough facility or service, the government has to consider about it seriously 😀