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The Latest: Deadwood sports betting measure gets new life

March 5, 2019
FILE - This Feb. 21, 2012 file photo shows the Midnight Star Gaming Emporium in Deadwood, S.D. A South Dakota House panel has rejected a measure that would have asked voters if sports betting should be legalized in historic Deadwood. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-3 Monday, March 4, 2019, against the proposal. The proposed constitutional amendment would have allowed the Legislature to authorize wagering in Deadwood and at tribal casinos. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt, File)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a proposed ballot measure to legalize sports betting in Deadwood (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

South Dakota representatives have given new life to a measure that would ask voters if sports betting should be legalized in historic Deadwood.

The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-3 Monday against the proposal, but representatives later used a procedural move to order its delivery to the floor. The measure has already passed through the Senate.

Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman says supporters will exhaust their legislative options before gathering signatures to put it on the 2020 ballot.

Department of Revenue Deputy Secretary David Wiest opposed the measure in committee, saying it’s an expansion of gambling and that regulation costs would exceed revenues generated.

The proposed constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to authorize wagering in Deadwood and at tribal casinos.

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9:15 a.m.

A House panel has rejected a measure that would have asked voters if sports betting should be legalized in historic Deadwood.

The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-3 Monday against the proposal. Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman says Deadwood needs to offer customers the gambling products they ask for and that other states are providing.

Department of Revenue Deputy Secretary David Wiest opposed the measure, saying it’s an expansion of gambling and that regulation costs would exceed revenues generated.

The push comes after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last year for all states to offer legal sports betting. The proposed constitutional amendment would have allowed the Legislature to authorize wagering in Deadwood and at tribal casinos.

Rodman says supporters will likely gather signatures to put it on the 2020 ballot.

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