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Horse racing bills will bring money to the industry

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By: Channel 8 Newsroom
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska lawmakers will consider several bills that supporters say are needed to bring in more money for the state's declining horse racing industry.

Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh will be among those pushing for a bill Monday before the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee.

Lautenbaugh says his bill and constitutional amendment would allow state race tracks to install machines that allow betting on old horse races that are displayed on machines that look like video lottery terminals. The location and other details of the races would be hidden.

Betting on old races allows people to wager at a much faster rate than when betting on live races.

The Nebraska attorney general has raised concerns about the constitutionality of such proposals. Last year, Governor Dave Heineman vetoed a similar horse racing bill.

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