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Should Bets Be Allowed on Old Horse Races? Lawmakers Deciding

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A proposal that would let Nebraska voters decide whether to allow bets on previously run horse races is nearing final passage in the Legislature.

Supporters on Tuesday overcame a filibuster to try to keep the proposed constitutional amendment off the November ballot.

The measure by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Omaha would allow voters to decide if Nebraska should license and regulate wagering through video terminals that show old races. Information that would identify specific horses or races is removed before they're shown.

Supporters said the measure would help save jobs in the state's struggling horse-racing industry. Opponents argue that allowing the machine bets amounts to expanded gambling.

Lawmakers have to vote once more on the measure before it can appear on the ballot.

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