Skip to comments.Supreme Court strikes down law banning sports betting
Posted on 05/14/2018 7:24:41 AM PDT by GIdget2004
The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state across the country, handing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) a major win to bolster his legacy.
New Jersey has been fighting since 2010 to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
The Court ruled 7-2 that PASPAs provisions prohibiting states from authorizing and licensing a sports gabling scheme violates the anti-commandeering rule.
In delivering the opinion of the court, Justice Samuel Alito said legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not the courts to make.
Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not, he said.
PASPA 'regulates state governments regulation' of their citizens. The Constitution gives Congress no such power.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
Good ruling but... why does this not also apply to healthcare?
Democrats finally discover they can make tax money off of this?
If this law just struck down, banned states from sports betting, then why has sports betting been legal in Nevada all these years???
Let’s take the 10th Amendment seriously. The separate states should control nearly everything at their level. Congressional control is so 20th century.
Does that mean Pete Rose will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame???
Written into the 1992 law.
That was my first thought exactly.
I believe we may be living in a "make it up" as we go along cartoon.
‘The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution.’
As is ALL matters not addressed in the Constitution, the States have the right to decide what goes and what doesn’t.
A measure to legalize casino gambling in Illinois failed. I have a relative in Illinois. He said one of the biggest opponents to the measure was the Mob. I guess no one has to wonder why the Mob is against legalized gambling. But where gambling is legal, organized crime gets involved.
Bill Bradley was against it.
Chris Christie was for it.
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