State Senator Wants To Restart Gambling Debate
By Associated Press. CREATED Feb 25, 2013
Lincoln, NE - A Nebraska state senator wants voters to decide whether the Legislature should have the power to authorize casino gambling.
Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus introduced a constitutional amendment Monday to place the question before voters in the November 2014 election.
The proposal itself wouldn't authorize gambling. Instead, it would give future Legislatures the power to authorize and regulate games of chance.
Lawmakers could use the revenue as they fit; unused money would be divided three ways. Fifty percent of the revenue would go toward K-12 education, 49 percent would go to health care programs, and one percent would be sent to a compulsive gambling treatment fund.
Gambling opponents say the promise of education and health-care funding is a ploy to win favor with voters.