Keep the Money in Nebraska reports it will make the July deadline to get a gambling referendum on the November ballot.
Scott Lautenbaugh, spokesman for the group, says the goal is to keep Nebraskans who like to gamble from going out-of-state.
“Our measures would allow for casinos at licensed race tracks in Nebraska, horse racing tracks,” Lautenbaugh tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The myth is that this would allow casinos everywhere, that’s just not true.”
The group’s effort includes amending the Constitution to allow casinos, establishing a board to regulate and license them, and how to collect taxes and distribute that money to the state and local governments.
Gambling with the Good Life is opposing the casino effort as well as Governor Pete Ricketts.
Lautenbaugh says the opposition is using false information and scare tactics to prevent casinos in the state.
“If the social ills are caused by the casinos, why are Nebraska’s bankruptcy rates, divorce rates, etc. higher than the surrounding states that have casinos? It seems like we already have these social ills here. We’re just missing out on all the revenue,” Lautenbaugh says.