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(SD)-Jackley: Constitutional Amendment Needed In SD For Sports Gambling

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/14/2018 11:47 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U-S Supreme Court decision striking down the federal law banning gambling on sports in most states will have no immediate affect on his state.

     That's because because two things would have to happen first: the South Dakota constitution would have to be changed to allow sports betting and legislation would be needed to regulate the practice.
 
     A constitutional amendment could be put on the ballot by the Legislature or by a petition drive. The Deadwood Gaming Association plans to weigh whether it should try to put a sports betting constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2020.
 
     South Dakota voters are not averse to gambling having approved amendments to allow gambling in Deadwood and in 2014 to allow keno, craps and roulette in addition to slot machines and the original table games.


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