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(Neb.)-Governor Heineman Vetoes Historic Horse Racing Bill

By: Associated Press Posted at: 04/10/2012 10:41 AM

     LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a
bill that would allow machine bets on previously run horse races,
saying it would create to a new form of gambling.
     The Republican governor said Monday that the measure contradicts
the spirit of live horse racing that has been approved by Nebraska
voters.
     Heineman says in his veto message that the bill would expand
gambling beyond what the state constitution currently allows. He
says that a horse racing exception in the constitution has always
been construed to apply only to live races.
     The bill's sponsor, Omaha Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh, has said the
measure would save jobs in the struggling horse racing industry.
     Lawmakers approved the bill 26-18 - four votes short of the
support needed to override Heineman's veto.
 
    
     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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