The state of Nebraska is known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Here, all commercial gambling venues are completely prohibited. Interestingly, a new measure has just been approved here that could help to finally expand Nebraska’s casino industry.
Many feel that it’s time for this state to update its regulations towards the gambling industry. That’s particularly true now, at a time when the state is in serious need of revenue. Today, we’re going to look at how the state’s casino laws may change.
Let’s get into it!
Most States Have Now Reopened Their Casino Industries
For the past few years, the casino industry in the United States has been thriving. Several states quickly grew to become major gambling destinations. That includes several states in the midwest such as Ohio and Oklahoma.
This past March, things took a major turn. State leaders around the country began ordering their casinos to shut down as the global pandemic took hold. This proved to be devastating for states like New Jersey and Nevada.
As the weeks went on, officials in these states began to see that these regulations could not remain in place forever. Casinos employ a huge number of people around the country and are necessary for bringing states revenue. Finally, Nevada’s leaders announced that casinos would be allowed to open back up in June.
Other major casino destinations took notice. Eventually, news broke that New Jersey was set to allow its major casino-resorts to open their doors in July. We’re now in September, and almost every single state has decided to open its casino industry.
New York was the last state to allow its commercial casinos to reopen. This state was hit extremely hard by the pandemic early on. As a result, the state’s leaders have been very hesitant to allow crowded venues such as casinos to open their doors again. Fortunately, Governor Cuomo has confirmed that casinos here will reopen next week.
Many are now looking at whether or not it’s time for Nebraska to change its casino laws.
The Public Will Soon Vote On the Future Of Nebraska’s Casino Industry
As we said earlier, Nebraska is known for having an extremely tough set of gambling laws. Here, most traditional gambling venues are completely banned. Tribal casinos are allowed here, yet commercial casinos are illegal.
Many of the state’s lawmakers have complained that these regulations are outdated. Most states around the country now allow and are profiting massively off their casinos. This week, several gambling proponent groups have succeeded in getting a measure to allow casino gambling in state race tracks on November’s ballot.
Residents in the state will now have the opportunity to vote on whether or not to allow Class III casino games inside Nebraska’s race tracks. Omaha, Lincoln, South Sioux City, Columbus, Hastings and Grand Island all have tracks that could offer these casino games. Many analysts predict the measure will be approved by a wide margin.
Not everyone is pleased with this decision, though. Governor Pete Ricketts has condemned this decision and is calling on Nebraskans to push against this move.
“While I respect the judgment of the Court on the gambling initiatives, I urge Nebraskans to keep gambling out of the Good Life when they head to the polls in November,” he said.
The supporters of this bill believe that opening Nebraska’s casino industry will help the state generate some much-needed revenue. Many residents here make the trip to neighboring states to gamble. Legal casinos would help to keep money inside Nebraska.
We’ll need to wait and see how state residents respond to this measure in November.
Sports Betting Could Soon Become Legal in Nebraska
Nebraska’s Supreme Court made a historic decision to allow a gambling measure to appear on November’s ballot. For the first time ever, commercially-run casinos may finally be allowed in the state. Interestingly, sports betting could finally come to this state, as well.
Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. Doing so gave every state in the country the ability to legalize and regulate sports gambling. 24 states around the country have already passed bills to allow sports gambling and most are seeing huge revenue jumps from this industry.
Nebraska’s casino industry may open up after November’s ballot. Many now feel that a measure to allow sports betting should appear on the ballot, as well. It will almost certainly help to bring the state a huge amount of money each year.
Sports betting revenue is up around the entire country. That’s particularly true in areas of the country that allow online sports gambling. Many states, even those with harsh laws towards casino gambling, are now choosing to allow this form of gambling.
It’s a very interesting time for the gambling industry in Nebraska. Things are clearly changing here. Stay tuned for more updates as November rolls around.
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