A Nebraska judge heard arguments Thursday from a group pushing to legalize casino gambling in, but she did not say when she would rule on the case.
Lancaster County District Judge Karen Flowers heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging a ruling by Secretary of State John Gale. He said the group’s casino initiative violates the state constitution’s limit on submitting similar ballot proposals more than once in three years.
Nebraskans voted down two casino plans in November 2004 — one touted by Las Vegas casino interests and the other by the Legislature. Even though the details of the new proposal differs from past ones, Gale considered it more of the same.
The Committee for Better Schools and More Jobs in Nebraska Inc., sponsored a package of three petitions that would allow one casino in each of the state’s three congressional districts.
It would earmark funds for K-12 education, horse racing and treatment of compulsive gamblers, plus create a board to regulate and license casinos in the state.
The casino measure is being pushed by Boyd Gaming Inc., which owns several casinos around the nation.
Caesars Slot Machine Error Gives Away $500,000
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The Caesars gambling casino in Indiana lost nearly $500,000 over a 2 day period in July when one slot machine had been incorrectly set to give players credit for ten times the amount of the actual deposit.
Caesars and Indiana Gaming Commission officials say the machine named Extra Money paid out $487,000 over the July 21 weekend before an honest gambler from Louisville brought the problem to their attention.
The commission is investigating the matter and might penalize Caesars for failing to follow procedures designed to prevent such a problem, said Jennifer Arnold, its deputy director.
But so far, at least, there?s no indication that criminal behavior was involved, according to casino management and the Indiana State Police. Caesars, which is on the Ohio River in Harrison County, plans to try to track down the missing money.
But Ernest Yelton, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said he doesn’t know whether the players who benefited are under any legal obligation.