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Mobile Sports Betting, Betting on Local College Teams Stripped From Nebraska Sports Betting Bill

By Jill R. Dorson

A half page amendment that would ban mobile sports wagering and prohibit betting on in-state college teams created a firestorm on the floor of the unicameral Nebraska Legislature Thursday morning, complete with name calling and finger pointing.

The amendment to LB 561 strikes the section of the bill relating to geofencing and bans betting on University of Nebraska and other college teams.  The amendment, which passed 31-4, also altered what keno will look like in casinos.  The bill was then sent back to be engrossed by a vote of 39-3.  The amended bill, which would limit wagering to physical sportsbooks located at racinos, racetracks, and tribal casinos, will likely come up for a vote next week.

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