North Dakota Senate shoots down sports betting bill

On Monday, the North Dakota Senate rejected a bill that would have legalized betting on professional and collegiate sporting events.

The bill, titled HB 1254, was overwhelmingly rejected by the Republican-led Senate without a debate and received seven votes in favor and 38 votes against.

According to Senator Richard Marcellais, who voted against the bill, sports betting is “bad for social, economic and governmental policy.”

Last month, the bill managed to clear the House. After losing an initial vote, HB 1254 received a second vote where the House voted 52-38 in favor of it.

The bill was introduced in January by Representative Jason Dockter alongside another sports betting bill titled HB 1295. However, HB 1295 did not make it through the house.

If HB 1254 was successful, it would have allowed the state’s tribal gambling establishments and charitable organizations in the state to offer sports betting.

Supporters of the bill argued that legal sports betting would help generate revenue for charitable gambling organizations, the state and addiction services.

Elsewhere in the US, Rhode Island has legalized mobile sports betting and sports betting legislation in New Hampshire has cleared the House.

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