Group forms to push historic horse racing on
August 22, 2014 by Brent Martin
A group has formed to support historic horse racing on the ballot this November.
Jordan McGrain, a spokesman for Nebraskans for Amendment One, says those who
support the issue decided they couldn’t wait until the Supreme Court rules
whether it will actually make the ballot.
“We didn’t feel like we could wait for the court’s decision. Again, we feel
confident that Nebraska voters are going to get to decide,” McGrain tells
Nebraska Radio Network, adding that a campaign takes work and time and
supporters believed they needed to act now. “So, we just felt like we had to
move forward regardless of what that decision is.”
An anti-gambling group has taken the issue to court, claiming that it violates
the state constitution requirement that ballot issues stick to one issue.
Amendment One not only would authorize betting on historic horse racing, but
designates how proceeds would be spent.
The State Supreme Court will decide whether that constitutes two issues or
whether the distribution of funds is a separate, not merely a related, issue.
McGrain believes the proposed distribution of proceeds, especially the provision
that money go toward property tax relief is a big seller for the issue.
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