Expanding gambling has huge consequences. It creates severe social and economic costs and can ruin lives, families, businesses, and communities. The government should promote activities that support the well-being of its citizens not potentially destructive behavior.
History of Gambling in Nebraska
The Nebraska constitution restricts the amount and type of gambling in the state. Almost every year activists have attempted to expand gambling in Nebraska and each year their attempts have been stopped. Nebraska Family Alliance has consistently opposed the expansion of gambling in the state. Gambling is contrary to biblical principles and causes heartache for many by addiction, bankruptcies, domestic abuse, divorces, crimes, and even suicide.
In 2004 two casino measures finally reached the ballot, one through the petition process and one through the legislature. Each received primary financial backing from a Las Vegas casino: between them, Coast Casino and the Venetian Casino provided the majority of the $7 million spent to push the proposals. It was the most expensive campaign in Nebraska history. NFA coordinated with other anti-gambling organizations and Nebraska voters strongly defeated both measures.
In 2015, the Nebraska Legislature passed a measure that could have put casino gambling on the ballot in the 2016 election. Fortunately, the petition failed to garner enough signatures to be placed on the ballot.
The next casino battle is on Nebraska’s side of the Missouri river, where the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska owns 5 acres of land in Carter Lake, Iowa. The “Prairie Flower” casino opened in October of 2018 and is within walking distance of a major Omaha homeless shelter, the Open Door Mission. Two lawsuits are pending regarding the legalities of this casino. NFA will keep you updated.
Most recently in 2019, a pro-family bill, LB 252, was introduced requiring the State-Lottery to clearly display the odds of winning in all advertisements. Research shows those most stricken with poverty consider the lottery a legitimate financial strategy towards escaping poverty. Advertisements target and encourage these false hopes. The result is the poorest Americans are funding the lottery – and losing. LB 252 encourages an accurate, honest depiction of winning the lottery. Learn more…