Stenehjem: Sports betting not automatically legal now in N.D.


North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is cautioning sports betting enthusiasts not to assume sports gaming in now legal in the state.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively banned sports betting in most states. The court ruled the law was an infringement on states’ rights by forcing states to pass laws against sports gambling rather than Congress directly banning sports betting.

“[Monday’s] Supreme Court ruling does not automatically permit legalized sports wagering in North Dakota,” Stenehjem noted in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “Any change to permit additional sports gambling would require action by the state Legislature, and then only consistent with Article XI of the North Dakota Constitution.”

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