Horse racing bill gets a second chance

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Updated: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:03:14 CST

Today state lawmakers will be asked to reconsider giving final approval to the proposal that would put historic horse racing on the next ballot. The constitutional amendment's sponsor, Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, has filed a motion to reconsider approval.

The proposal failed on final reading with 28 to 19 vote just last week. The measure 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.

Race tracks across the state have voiced their support, including Grand Island's Fonner Park. State Senators will be asked to vote yet again this afternoon. If the amendment passes, it will go on the ballot for voter approval.