Lawmakers in South Dakota have hit a stumbling block in their attempt to legalize sportsbetting within their borders, as a committee voted against the measure.
The bill would have allowed wagers in the city of Deadwood, and had passed a Senate Affairs Committee with a 5-4 vote last month. This week though, the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee voted against the bill though, taking it down with a vote of 7-3. The bill would normally be considered dead, but a procedural move by the House gave the measure new life, as it will now be debated and voted on by the whole house.
The idea of legalized sportsbetting is supported by residents in the Mount Rushmore State, and if the measure doesn't make it out of the house, a petition will be made to put the measure on ballots for the 2020 election. It may come to a vote from residents, as Governor Kristi Noem is against sportsbetting, and is likely to veto any bill that comes to her desk.
We'll be following this story and will update readers as the story develops.