You won’t be allowed to play Keno any faster in Nebraska.
A bill, LB 1067, that would have allowed cities and counties to increase the speed of the game failed to receive enough votes to advance, falling on a 20-to-17 vote. Nine senators declined to vote. A bill must receive at least 25 votes to advance. Earlier, the legislature failed to amend the bill to require a vote of the people to change state restrictions on Keno. That amendment failed on a 16-16 tie.
Current law requires someone playing Keno to wait five minutes between games. Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilber sponsored the bill, arguing that the time restraint was arbitrary and allowing quicker play of Keno would generate more revenue from the game. His bill would have allowed local governments to reduce the wait time down to as low as three minutes.
Some senators argued that the bill would expand gambling, a charge Karpisek denied. He argued that since he wasn’t creating a new game, it wasn’t an expansion.
AUDIO: Sen. Russ Karpisek closes on LB 1067 [2:30]