LINCOLN (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker wants voters to decide whether the Legislature should have the power to authorize casino gambling.
State Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus pitched a constitutional amendment Monday that would place the question before voters in November 2014.
The proposal itself wouldn't authorize gambling. Instead, it would give future Legislatures the power to authorize and regulate games of chance.
Lawmakers could use the revenue as they fit, but unused money would be divided three ways. Fifty percent of the revenue would go toward K-12 education, 49 percent would funnel into health care programs and 1 percent would be sent to a compulsive gambling treatment fund.
Gambling opponents say the promise of education and health care funding is a ploy to win favor with voters.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.