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More cities discuss addition of race track, casinos

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 4:02 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Nebraska residents voted to legalize gambling at horse race tracks last year. Now more and more cities are wanting to get in on the action.

At the most recent Nebraska State Racing Commission meeting, five locations submitted an application to start a track with the long-term goal of also bringing in a casino.

Now some are concerned there might be too many and it would take away from the original six places that were in mind when people voted.

“That was our intention and I think it was the intention of the voters,” District 35 Senator Ray Aguilar told Local4 News. “That’s the most important part. We need to do our best to adhere to the will of the voters.”

The other cities that applied for a horse track permit include Bellevue, York, Norfolk, North Platte and Gerring.

“I don’t think we want to get put ourselves in a position where we over saturate the market here,” Sen. Aguilar said. “The people voted for having maybe six casinos with existing race tracks in place and now we have people popping up real quick and installing race tracks. I just don’t know if it’s a good idea.”

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