NEBRASKA CASINO GAMBLING BILL DEAD THIS YEAR

NEBRASKA CASINO GAMBLING BILL DEAD THIS YEAR

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A proposed ballot measure to allow casino gambling in Nebraska isn’t going anywhere this year.

The Legislature’s General Affairs Committee opted not to take action on the proposed constitutional amendment.

The measure by Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber would have put the question on the November ballot.

South Sioux City and Dakota County had already voiced approval for a potential casino and event center to be located at Atokad Park if the gaming measure moved forward.

The measure would have allocated half of the state gambling-tax revenue to property tax relief, 25 percent to K-12 education, 12 percent to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and 12 percent to water projects.

One percent would have gone into a state assistance fund for compulsive gamblers.

Nebraska voters last rejected casino gambling in 2004.

Associated Press contributed to this story