This week the state of West Virginia filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court backing New Jersey's appeal to legalize sportsbetting within the country, and now it's been revealed that 18 other states have supported the brief.
The revelation was made by the American Gaming Association and shows that overhauling the current sportsbetting law in the country is a popular notion. The brief argues that the current law (PASPA) is unconstitutional as it violates states' rights by forcing them to act against their own wishes. The brief claims that Article I of the Constitution states that Congress may not force individual states to act as a vehicle for implementing federal policy. The states claim that PASPA equates to unconstitutional commandeering and needs to be struck down.
The list of states whose Attorney Generals signed onto the brief are as follows:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
For their part, the AGA filed an amicus brief backing New Jersey, writing: "Regulation of sports betting needs to be accomplished in a sensible manner that promotes, rather than thwarts, the structures, and principles of federalism. PASPA has thus had the perverse effect of pushing an enormous market underground by way of federal decree while stamping out state and local efforts to adapt their own laws pursuant to their own citizens' wishes."
New Jersey's sportsbetting case is scheduled to be heard in front of the Supreme Court next month. The Garden State has legalized sportsbetting within their borders and are looking to implement the industry as soon as it gets the okay from the Supreme Court.