Nebraska dumps plan to allow boost in keno games

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Posted: Mar 05, 2012 1:01 PM
Nebraska dumps plan to allow boost in keno games

A plan to allow gambling outlets in Nebraska to run keno games every 3 minutes instead of 5 minutes has failed.

Lawmakers on Monday morning decided that people who play keno in bars and restaurants don't need to be wagering their money faster.

Under current law, a keno operator must wait 5 minutes between games. Supporters of Legislative Bill 1067 say making that waiting time 3 minutes would raise more money for city governments.

Cities with keno use profits to pay for city services, ambulances and police cars.

Opponents said Monday that the state should not be encouraging people to gamble faster.

Sen. Russ Karpisek of Wilbur is the bill's sponsor. He says more than $81 million would have been raised per year if lawmakers had approved the keno change.