Bostar introduces legislation to expand sports betting in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – With new casinos going up at racetracks across the state, legalized sports gambling at those locations is still months away.

But Sen. Eliot Bostar wants to make sure the law on sports betting is consistent.

The current rule says people cannot bet on Nebraska teams playing in the state.

Bostar wants to change that to allow people to bet on those teams regardless of where they are playing.

“Nebraska teams playing in Nebraska are already subject to sports betting; at the moment, just not in Nebraska,” he said. “But across the country, people are betting on the Huskers; for example, when they’re playing here in Nebraska, when they’re playing Memorial Stadium.”

His bill also calls for the tax revenue generated from in-state sports betting to go to the Nebraska Opportunity Grant fund.

Bostar said he is concerned that with the rise of casino gambling, Nebraskans will be less inclined to purchase lottery tickets.  The money generated from those purchases goes to the aforementioned fund.

This bill would make sure the fund still receives money so it can help students get a college education.

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