After March 28, 2021, Nebraska lawmakers gave the first - Round Approval of a measure that would create laws to govern newly legalized state casinos upon opening, lawmakers reportedly changed the Sports Betting Gambling Act.
According to AP News, the bill would enable sports fans in the Midwestern US state legal betting the lion's share of collegial and professional events except for home matches in the states . The measure's changes, which were added to 31-4 votes, were an effort by lawmakers to gather sufficient support for its adoption and would reportedly apply to schools including the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and Creighton University Bluejays.
Collegiate concerns :
The Cornhuskers soccer team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the West Division of the Big Ten, while the Bluejays Men's Basketball Team represents Creighton University of the NCAA Division I basketball team and is currently attending the Big East Conference Conference.
A necessary compromise :
In a statement in a press release, Democratic Senator Steve Lathrop, who represents Nebraska's 12th Senate District, reportedly said the compromise was part of the legislative "sausage production" and necessary to ensure the adoption of a broader law . The importance of the bill cannot be overstated because introduces regulations for state casinos expected to open after November 4, 2020, voters overwhelmingly accepted the measures by giving existing state-licensed horse racing equipment to offer games of chance such as slot machines.
"You may not like it, but in the end you have to get (the bill) across the finish line," said Lathrop, according to the source.
The objection raised :
The bill is not without opposition, however, as some lawmakers, such as Senator Tom Brandt of Plymouth, reportedly do not feel comfortable allowing bets on collegiate teams, citing to undue pressure on student athletes in the United States . Meanwhile, other lawmakers say the amendment doesn't make sense because they say fans are already betting on collegiate bands.
Brandt, who is independently elected to the Nebraska legislature in 2018, said: "We can bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes, but we cannot bet on the Huskers" regarding the revised bill, while Lincoln's Democratic Senator Adam Morfeld reportedly said the proposed law will only encourage Nebraskan residents to place bets on Huskers in neighboring Iowa where, in May 2019, it became the second Midwest state after Indiana to legalize sports betting.
"We pretend it doesn't," Morfeld said, calling the measure "utterly illogical" and "puritanical nonsense," as reported by AP News.
Includes Keno :
In addition, the new measure would also reportedly require keno played in casinos to follow the same rules as places where lottery-like gambling is already offered. The change was reportedly approved by lawmakers in response to keno salons concerned about the loss of business and tax revenues from keno received by cities that finance social projects.
Lawmakers will have to vote on the bill one more time before it goes to the desk of Governor Pete Ricketts, who is a University of Chicago graduate and is along with other family members. owner of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs artwork . The Republican governor is reportedly vehemently opposed to the casino ballot law, however, apparently he will respect what the voter wants.
Gambling initiatives :
In 2020, Governor of Rickets reportedly donated $ 100,000 to gamble with the good life, campaign against initiatives 429, 430, and 431 that would authorize, regulate and tax gambling on licensed horse racing tracks. Fast forward to November this year and all three initiatives have been approved, including the Nebraska 430 Initiative, An initiative to authorize gambling on racetracks which was placed on the ballot as an initiate's statute.
Meanwhile, in April, Fonner Park selected the Iowa-based casino operator Elite Casino Resorts, LLC to serve the planned $ 100 million Grand Island Casino Resort. Grand Island Thoroughbred Horse Racing Center began accepting suggestions , to which officials received nine responses to requests, and met eight different operators to hear each of their plans.
Additionally on January 20, 2021, Nebraska Horseman's Benevolent & Protective Association (HBPA) applied to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department in hopes of a zoning change to accommodate WarHorse Gaming LLC's planned 200 million WarHorse Casino in Lincoln Race Direction. The new branch was created in December by Ho-Chunk, Inc., an economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska 2020, when it announced it was moving forward with plans the introduction of casino games on the three existing horse racing tracks in the Midwestern US state including Horsemen's Park in Omaha, Lincoln Racecourse in Lincoln and Atokad Downs in South Sioux City.