Keno bill could benefit local communities

Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday gave first-round approval to a bill that would let keno players run through more games in an hour.

And while Lawmakers voted 25-14 to advance the measure, Scotts Bluff County Keno operator Andy Clarkson doesn't have alot of optimism that it will happen at this point. Clarkson told KNEB News it would be a very good thing, but he's not very hopeful that it will go through, based on the fact that it has been attempted many times before without passing.

The bill would reduce the minimum waiting time between games from five minutes to three. Gambling opponents say the bill will disproportionately hurt the poor, but cities say revenue from the games has helped pay for police cruisers, park renovations and other substance-abuse treatment programs.

Profits from player losses are shared by local bar owners, cities and the state. LB-273 would generate an estimated $408,000 for the state's general fund in the budget year that begins on July 1.

© 2014 Rural Radio Network. All rights reserved. Republishing, rebroadcasting, rewriting, redistributing prohibited. Copyright Information