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Gambling petition submitted for 2020 ballot

Posted: 8:05 AM, Apr 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-12 13:05:15Z
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Proposed petition language to place gambling on the 2020 ballot was delivered to the Secretary of State office on Wednesday.

When petition language is submitted to the Secretary of State office, it is first sent to the Revisor of Statutes, which has 10 days to review the language. After the Revisor has completed their review, the sponsor is free to pick up the petition.

After that it will be up to the sponsors to submit final language to the Secretary of State, after which a sample petition will be created. Sponsors will then be free to circulate the petition. The number of signatures necessary for the 2020 calendar will not be final until November, says Secretary of State Bob Evnen.

The Nebraska Constitution restricts the amount and type of gambling in the state. The Unicameral passed a measure that could have put gambling on the 2016 ballot, however the petition to do so back then lacked the required number of valid signatures.