Nebraska keno bill draws support from cities, opposition from anti-gambling groups in hearing

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A Nebraska bill that would eliminate the mandatory waiting time between keno games is again facing opposition in the Legislature.

A lobbying group for Nebraska cities argued in favor of the measure during a legislative hearing Monday, while anti-gambling advocates voiced opposition.

The bill by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill would remove the minimum five-minute waiting period between games. A similar measure that reduced the waiting period won first-round approval in the Legislature in 2013, but wasn't passed before the session ended.

The bill would generate an estimated $1.3 million for Nebraska's general fund and other cash funds over two years. The city of Omaha and the League of Nebraska Municipalities support it, saying keno revenue helps pay for community projects. Opponents say it would feed gambling addictions.

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