North Dakota Senate rejects ballot measure to legalize sports betting
The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill to legalize sports betting in the state, citing concerns about gambling expansion
North Dakota's Senate has killed a House resolution that would have legalized sports betting in the state, with licensing and regulation by the state. The measure was intended to bring oversight and consumer protections to sports betting, which is already happening in North Dakota, technically illegally.
The House had passed the measure 49-44 in January. Supporters said voters should decide the issue, but opponents viewed voting for the resolution as an endorsement of gambling.
As many as 138,000 North Dakotans are betting over $300 million annually, including $30 million in revenues to offshore betting books.