A state senator has decided not to challenge the governor’s veto of his bill to tax suspected illegal video machines, but to work with the governor on the legislation.
Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says he drafted LB 70 after the suspect touch-screen computer games began to appear in bars, convenience stores, and clubs in Nebraska.
“Several bar owners, groups like that, contacted me and asked are they legal or illegal?” Schumacher told colleagues during legislative floor debate. “The truthful answer is you don’t know unless you look through the software and figure out how it works.”
Schumacher says he believes going through the tax code is the best way to rid the state of the machines that might be used for illegal gambling.
Gov. Pete Ricketts didn’t agree and vetoed LB 70.
Instead of moving to override the veto, Schumacher said he will work with the governor to resolve the problem.
“Rather than work adverse to each other, we are going to work together over the summer to develop with the state patrol and other interested parties a piece of legislation that will be effective and that we can adopt with, hopefully, no opposition at the beginning of next year.”
AUDIO: Sen. Paul Schumacher informs colleagues will not challenge veto of LB 70. [3:30]