South Dakota House panel rejects sports betting measure

A South Dakota House panel has rejected a measure that would have legalized sports betting in the state.

The measure, Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2), would have amended the state’s constitution to authorize land-based sports betting in the city of Deadwood.

The amendment would have also allowed the 11 tribal casinos that operate in the state to offer sports betting.

According to a report from Associated Press, the House State Affairs Committee voted 7-3 against the sports betting measure on Monday.

Mike Rodman, Executive Director of the Deadwood Gaming Association said that Deadwood needs to offer customers the gambling products that they are asking for and that other states are providing.

However, David Wiest the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Revenue argued against the measure and said it’s an expansion of gambling and that the cost to regulate it would exceed the revenues generated from the activity.

A fiscal analysis carried out by the South Dakota Legislative Research Council estimated that if sports betting sports betting in Deadwood was legalized, the activity could generate over $2m in revenue and $184,678 in tax revenue starting in 2022.

With the rejection of SJR 2, it is possible that supporters of sports betting in South Dakota will try to gather enough signatures to get sports betting on the 2020 ballot.

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