Horse racing bill gallops on

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Updated: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:55:32 CST

The historic horse racing bill is galloping forward in the legislature, and will likely be given final round consideration in a few days. The bill would allow wagering on the results of past horse races at licensed racetracks where live racing occurs. A machine would sift through a bank of thousands of historic races. But, the wager would not be able to identify the specific race.

The bill introduced by Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, would go on the ballot for voter approval. Opponents say it's expanded gambling. However, Lautenbaugh said the measure is not expanded gambling, and could provide a needed boost to the horse racing industry, and provide revenue to the state. The proposal was first introduced last session.