Legislators have failed to overturn a veto of a bill to allow gambling on historic horse racing.
The vote to overturn Gov. Dave Heineman’s veto of LB 806 fell one vote short of the 30 needed to override a veto. Lawmakers even got a second shot at the vote. Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha, the bill’s sponsor, moved to reconsider the vote and he, as well as other supporters, made an impassioned plea to approve the bill over the governor’s objections to save a declining horse-racing industry in Nebraska.
The plea fell on deaf ears. No senator changed sides. The legislature voted 29-20 on the motion to reconsider, killing the effort to override the veto.
The Unicameral has moved to a motion to override the veto of LB 357, which would allow cities to ask their voters to approve an increase of the local sales tax by a quarter to half a cent to fund specific projects. The bill received 30 votes when it passed the legislature, the total it needs to override a veto.
LB 357 and LB 599 have been the highest profile vetoes by Gov. Heineman, who has been harshly critical of the legislature for approving the bills. Heineman claims LB 357 is merely a tax increase on Nebraska citizens and says LB 599 would shift needed state revenue to illegal immigrants.
Lawmakers will also consider whether to overturn the governor’s veto of LB 1020, which would create a state grant program for school-based health centers.