High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

The decision - which reversed opinions by lower courts - means states may legalize and operate betting on professional and college sports.

But, for that to happen, each state will have to authorize it statutorily.

On Monday, The US Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning the practice of legalised sports gambling in New Jersey with a 7-2 ruling, stating that the act unlawfully "commandeered" states' right to legislate on matters not expressly reserved to the federal government in the constitution. The new CT law allows state officials "to regulate wagering on sporting events to the extent permitted by state and federal law".

In July 2017, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill that will allow the state to move quickly if the federal sports betting ban is overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has also taken issue with the recent ruling. This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting was unconstitutional. AGA President Geoff Freeman described the high court's opinion as "a victory for the millions of Americans who seek to bet on sports in a safe and regulated manner". The measure "unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do", he wrote.

Alito wrote that Congress itself could proscribe all sports betting, but that it can't instruct the state governments not to do so. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed did not believe it was morally wrong to gamble on sporting events.

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