Court decides ballot issue for November election

The state Supreme Court has twice reversed Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen and decided what issues will be on the November ballot. Expanded gambling and a cap on the interest rates that socalled “payday lenders” can charge will be on the ballot. Medical marijuana will not.

In a 4-3 decision, the high court ordered Evnen to place a threepronged casino gambling initiative on the November general election ballot. It would authorize casino gambling at Nebraska horse race tracks and allocate the bulk of the funding derived from that new state revenue source to local property tax relief. Evnen had argued that it did not adhere to requirements for a single topic because it was split into three separate votes.

The court said it was defending the right of the initiative, which is precious to the people and one, which the courts are zealous to preserve to the fullest tenable measure of spirit as well as letter. The ruling said the court concluded that none of the three initiatives is legally insufficient and that all three should be placed on the ballot. Dissenting judges agreed with the Secretary of State that the initiative violated the single-subject requirement.


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