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June 21, 2021

Opponents say that it goes beyond what voters approved in Nov. to allow casinos

Nebraska lawmakers remove cellphone keno from casino bill

Nebraska lawmakers remove cellphone keno from casino bill
Under current state law, keno is still played with paper cards, while casinos offer flashier, computerized games.
United States | 05/11/2021

Legislators voted Monday to remove the provision from a broader bill that would regulate Nebraska’s new casino industry. Under current state law, keno is still played in paper cards, while casinos offer flashier, computerized games.

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proposal to let people play keno on their mobile phones in Nebraska bars and keno parlors has stalled on Monday after lawmakers stripped it out of a casino legalization bill, reports the Associated Press.

Lawmakers voted 27-11 to remove the provision from a broader bill that would regulate Nebraska's new casino industry.

Despite opposition from prominent gambling opponents, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, voters legalized casinos in November, however, voters didn't directly address keno when they approved the constitutional amendment to allow casinos.

Nevertheless, supporters argued that casinos would end up hurting the keno industry. An industry that each year generates millions of dollars in tax revenue for Nebraska cities.

Under current state law, keno is still played with paper cards, while casinos offer flashier, computerized games.

Opponents of the keno measure say that it goes beyond what voters approved, arguing that it is a form of expanded gambling that will disproportionately hurt Nebraska's poorest residents.

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