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Nebraska Lawmaker Looks To Technicality To Stop Gambling Bill

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A Nebraska politician has found an interesting way to show he is an opponent of expanded casino gambling in his state. He is citing a technicality in the state constitution that keeps proposed Bills from having more than one subject.

It is the contention of Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln that the gambling Bill that would bring slot machines to racetracks in Nebraska is unconstitutional because of its multiple subjects. He details his concerns in a legal challenge of the proposed Bill.

According to Fulton, the Bill deals with giving authority to a commission to regulate the machines, placement of the machines, and creating a system to distribute revenue from the machines. While most would consider that one subject with several different areas, Fulton sees it differently.

In this years legislative session, lawmakers will try to decide whether or not the voters of Nebraska should have a say in the issue. If the answer is yes, it will be on the ballot in 2010.

The Bill's intention is to help state racetracks that have been struggling the past few years. Members within the racing community have voiced their concerns, and Senator Russ Karpisek has responded.

Karpisek, of Wilber, sponsored the Bill and he believes there is nothing unconstitutional about it. He feels in the end that the challenge will be lost and lawmakers will proceed with putting the issue on the 2010 ballot.

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