South Dakota Senate OKs online sports bets ballot question

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to allow voters to decide whether to expand online sports betting across South Dakota has narrowly passed the state Senate.

The proposal would put it to voters to amend the state constitution. It passed by a single vote in the state Senate.

To get onto November ballots, the proposal still needs approval in the House and faces opposition from Gov. Kristi Noem.

Lawmakers’ push to expand sports betting comes two years after a constitutional amendment passed with 58% of the vote and allowed sports wagers to be placed in Deadwood.

The proposed constitutional amendment would allow people to place sports bets anywhere in the state through mobile devices or electronic platforms, as long as the wagers are connected to a casino in Deadwood. The casinos would have to keep their computer servers within city limits.

The Deadwood Gaming Association, which pushed to allow sports betting in the past, did not take a position.

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