Friday, May 30, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval isn’t sold on allowing Nevada to become the first state to permit betting on the presidential and other federal elections.
“As I think through it, unless I’m convinced otherwise, it is not something I would support,” Sandoval said today.
He described himself as “more of a traditionalist” when it comes to betting. “The state has done fine on sports and horse race betting and other events,” he said.
The governor hasn’t taken a public position on the issue until now.
State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, is pushing a proposal to open up wagering on presidential elections and said he was a “little surprised” at the governor’s statements.
He said he would be talking to Sandoval about the issue. His proposal, he said, has gained a lot of attention nationally and the focus would be on Nevada if it permitted elections betting.
Wagering on the presidential election is permitted in England and with off-shore gambling operations, Segerblom said.
Sandoval noted that the state Gaming Control Board and the Gaming Commission have not supported the proposal in the past, and a legislative committee on gaming did not take a vote to support it at it’s meeting in Las Vegas last week.
Segerblom introduced a similar bill in the 2013 Legislature. It passed the Senate 14-7 but died in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which never brought it up for a vote.
He plans to introduce the bill again in the 2015 Legislature.