Deadwood group to ask lawmakers for sports betting amendment

Sports betting graphic by MGN.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Deadwood gambling industry group plans to ask state lawmakers for a 2020 ballot measure to bring legal sports betting to the historic mining town.

The push comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for all states to offer legal sports betting. So far, just five do, but Pennsylvania is about to join soon and others are considering it.

Deadwood Gaming Association executive director Mike Rodman says the South Dakota proposal would help keep the Black Hills city competitive as a gambling destination.

The Legislature can decide to place constitutional changes before voters. Amendment supporters could also collect thousands of signatures to put it on the ballot.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm, an opponent, says the chamber's Republican caucus hasn't yet talked about it.

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