Committee hears plans to faucet on line casino income, enable statewide sports activities betting in Nebraska | Politics


She said she was putting in the request early, before other entities made similar requests for casino tax revenue and before the counties and cities build gambling money into their budgets.

Two other measures, Legislative Resolution 26CA, introduced by Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, and LB 545, introduced by Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha, would allow sports betting statewide.

The initiative language allowing for all “games of chance” at the race track casinos already allows sports betting at those locations.

But Sean Ostrow, representing sports betting company DraftKings, argued that not all Nebraskans will want to drive to the casinos to bet on games. He also said competition in sports betting would benefit the state.

Lindstrom’s proposal would amend the state Constitution to allow sports betting on a broader basis. Wayne’s bill seeks to legalize sports betting and poker by defining them as games of skill, which would not run afoul of the constitutional limits on gambling.

Much of the hearing was spent on Briese’s LB 560 and 561, which would flesh out the voter-approved laws.

Among other provisions, they would limit sports betting to people actually in the casinos, prohibit the use of credit cards for gambling in casinos and allow people to put themselves on an exclusion list. The bills would create new crimes for such things as cheating, manipulating slot machines or allowing underage people to gamble. They would raise the age for betting on horse races to 21, up from 19, to match the age limit at the casinos.