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Nevada governor skeptical about betting on elections

Election Day Voting 2012

Steve Marcus

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Cambridge Recreation Center.

Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval

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.

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