Nebraska Governor Signs Bill for New Casino Regulations
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed new casino regulations into law on Wednesday. The regulations will come into effect from Monday next week. There are still some kinks to be ironed out before casino operators can apply for licenses.
The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission expects it will take 30-60 days to process a casino application. The license would then require approval through a commission agenda. It will be the end of summer or early fall before prospective casino developments can begin.
Nebraska voters backed the proposal in November 2020 to allow expanded forms of gaming at the six existing horse racing tracks in the state. Caesars Entertainment hopes to build a Harrah's casino and a new track in Hastings and the Chickasaw Nation wants to develop a casino in Columbus.