NEBRASKA VIDEO HORSE RACING ISSUE HEATS UP

NEBRASKA VIDEO HORSE RACING ISSUE HEATS UP

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Gambling opponents have launched a campaign against a Nebraska ballot measure that would allow betting on old horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots.

The group Gambling with the Good Life is traveling the state in hopes of defeating the November ballot proposal.

If approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would clear the way for the video terminals at licensed race tracks in at least six Nebraska cities.

Atokad Park of South Sioux City is in the process of being relicensed by the state, and would be one of those locations.

Supporters say the machines will help the state’s struggling horse-racing industry.

Pat Loontjer of Gambling with the Good Life says the machines run as fast as regular casino slots and can be just as addictive.

Nebraska voters rejected two proposals to allow casino gambling in 2004, and a measure to authorize video keno was defeated in 2006.