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Sports betting bill introduced in New York senate and South Carolina

New York State legislators introduced a new sports betting bill into the Senate earlier this week.

Bill S1282, sponsored by Senator Anthony Avella along with four co-sponsors Senator Holyman, Sanders, Addabbo and Montgomery, proposes an amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the constitution which would allow gambling on professional sporting events and athletic events sponsored by Universities and/or Colleges.

The bill specifies that net proceeds from the sports betting would be applied exclusively to, in aid, or
in support of education.

The full text of the bill can be read here: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/S1282

In related news, a similar bill H3102 received its first reading in the South Carolina assembly this week. The proposal, submitted by Rep. Todd Rutherford, covers pari mutuel horserace betting, sports betting on professional sports, skill-based casino activities such as card and dice games and games of chance.

Rutherford, with co-sponsor Rep Cezar McKnight, introduced a similar proposal H 3127 in January 2015.

The full proposal can be read here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/billsearch.php?billnumbers=3102&session=122&summary=B

Regardless of any possible movement within individual state legislatures, there still the issue of the controversial Federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which restricts sports betting to just four states (see previous InfoPowa reports), a situation New Jersey is all too familiar with as it awaits the US Supreme Court’s Conference later this month where it hopes the eight justices will elect to hear their bid in which it seeks to repeal PASPA.

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