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.
More recently 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 battle casino battle on Nebraska’s side of the Missouri river. The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska owns 5 acres of land in Carter Lake, Iowa. It’s unclear what the outcome of this will be. NFA will keep you updated as the case progresses.