Evnen said he will immediately certify the initiative for inclusion on the Nov. 3 ballot, noting that certification of the contents of the general election ballot is required by Friday.
The Keep the Money in Nebraska proposal was sponsored by Ho-Chunk Inc., the Winnebago Tribe’s economic development corporation, in partnership with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Omaha Exposition and Racing.
Race tracks operate in or near Omaha, Lincoln, South Sioux City, Grand Island, Hastings and Columbus.
New tracks presumably could spring up if the initiative is enacted by Nebraska voters at the general election.
The proposal is expected to trigger a major advertising effort by both supporters and opponents of the new gambling initiative, with opposition led by Gambling With the Good Life, an organization that has successfully resisted previous expansion of gambling options in the state.
“We will be in for the fight of our lives,” the organization has stated online.
“What they are not telling the voters is that if the constitution is changed, it will open the state for unlimited Indian casinos (and) this will be a disaster and change the face of our great state forever.”Capitol in storm
The State Capitol as a storm rolls into Lincoln in 2017.Courtesy photo Capitol sunset
Capitol sunset in late November 2017.Leo Torres, courtesy photo Flowers
The Nebraska State Capitol from behind the governor’s mansion.Courtesy photo Blue Capitol
The Capitol was lit up in blue to remember law enforcement on Jan. 11, 2019.Courtesy photo Cool sky
A great sky the evening of Sept. 17, 2015, over Lincoln.DIGITAL SKY/Courtesy photo The Sower
The Sower, forever primed to spread seed across Nebraska, sits atop the Capitol.COURTESY PHOTO Sunrise view
Sunrise view of the Nebraska State Capitol on Aug. 8, 2018.Journal Star file photo Rise building
The view of the Nebraska State Capitol from the third floor of the Rise building on the Nebraska Innovation Campus in October 2018.Journal Star file photo Snow features
A barely-visible Nebraska State Capitol provides a backdrop for snowfall on Oct. 14, 2018.Journal Star file photo State Capitol
The Nebraska State Capitol in 2011.FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star file photo Holmes Lake sunrise
The Nebraska State Capitol basks in the early morning sun on Dec. 16, 2018.Journal Star file photo Snowman
A man and woman finish up their snowman in front of the Capitol in December 1974. Journal Star file photo State Capitol exterior
The Capitol in 2015.Journal Star file photo Fireworks
Fireworks explode over the Nebraska State Capitol to conclude the Nebraska 150 Celebration on Sept. 22, 2017.FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star file photo Snowfall
The Nebraska State Capitol provides a backdrop for snowfall on Oct. 14, 2018.Journal Star file photo Smoke
Kansas fires send a haze across Lincoln in April 2017; this is the Capitol from Holmes Lake.Journal Star file photo Capitol
The Nebraska State Capitol at night.Courtesy photo Sunrise over Lincoln
Sunrise over Lincoln, with the State Capitol silhouetted. Journal Star file Tractor Relay
Spectators gathered outside the Capitol in June 2017 to watch antique tractors rolling through Lincoln as part of the annual tractor relay across the state.Journal Star file photo Nebraska State Capitol
The Nebraska State Capitol was designed by Bertram Goodhue, and the project was completed in 1932. The art and architecture have long been a source of pride.Lincoln Journal Star file photo Canada geese
Canada geese take wing northwest of the Capitol at the Pfizer Saline Wetland interpretive walking trail Jan. 4, 2011.Journal Star file photo A view of the Capitol
A view of the Nebraska Capitol in 2016.Journal Star file photo Watchfulness quote on Capitol
The inscription by Hartley Burr Alexander, “The salvation of the state is watchfulness in the citizen,” hangs over the front portal on the north side of the Capitol.Journal Star file photo Nebraska Capitol Building
Clouds surround the Nebraska Capitol Building in 2011.Lincoln Journal Star file photo Assurity Building and Nebraska Capitol
Work continued on the Assurity Life Insurance Company’s new headquarters building in 2011.Journal Star file photo Sower in full moon
The Sower atop the Nebraska Capitol appears against a full moon in 2006.Journal Star file photo Building boom
Construction cranes at the Pinnacle Bank Arena site vie for attention with the Capitol on Lincoln’s skyline on Jan. 17, 2012. Journal Star file photo Snowy walk
“It’s kind of fun,” said Beca Voelker of Lincoln as she walks through the brisk wind and snow along 14th Street in front of the Nebraska Capitol building on Feb. 24, 2011. FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star file photo Lincoln monument
The Lincoln monument on the west side of the Capitol. Journal Star file photo Red Dress
Organizers lit the State Capitol red on Feb. 2, 2012, in recognition of Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declaring Feb. 3 Wear Red Day in Nebraska during the Lincoln Red Dress Dash event in Lincoln. Journal Star file photo Storm
Clouds surround the Capitol after a severe thunderstorm passed through Lincoln on Aug. 6, 2011. ANDREW LAMBERSON, for the Journal Star State Capitol exterior
The Capitol in 2015.Shelly Kulhanek
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