Pallone: Federal ban on sports betting a violation of US 10th amendment
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. has backed the bid of the Garden State to overturn a federal law that blocks most states from authorizing sports betting before the U.S. Supreme Court.
NJ.com reported that Pallone, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, filed a brief before the High Court to defend New Jersey’s plea to legalize sports betting.
Pallone, who had spearheaded a legislation allowing states to legalize sports betting, told the Supreme Court that the federal ban was in violation of the 10th Amendment’s grant of powers to the states.
“By ordering New Jersey to maintain prohibitions on sports gambling that its state legislature has considered and repealed before, Congress is coercing the State of New Jersey to govern according to Congress’s instructions,” Pallone argued.
Fortunately, Pallone isn’t the only one throwing their support to New Jersey’s bid to legalize sports betting this week.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) has weighed in on the side of the Garden State when it submitted its separate brief before the High Tribunal.
In its 26-page amicus brief, the influential group zeroes in on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), passed in 1992, that prohibits states from allowing sports betting. They claimed that it “prevents States and tribal sovereign government states from repealing or amending laws that their citizens no longer support.”
Furthermore, the AGA argued that the Federal Ban has 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.”
AGA pointed out that the ban should be blamed for the proliferation of illegal gambling in the states.
“The [association] estimates that Americans illegally bet over $150 billion per year on U.S. sporting events. Earlier this year, Americans bet an estimated $15 billion on the Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament alone, and 97% of those bets were made illegally,” the group’s brief reads.
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