Supreme Court Rules States Can Legalize Sports Gambling, Reaffirming Limits of Federal Authority

Route Fifty: In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law that barred most states from legalizing sports betting on Monday—and with it, reaffirmed the independence of state legislatures from federal control.

The case opens an opportunity for states to reexamine their position on legalization of sports gambling—something Congress banned in 1992 under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA. In finding PASPA unconstitutional, the court reaffirms the federal government cannot tell state legislatures what laws to pass, repeal, or keep on the books.

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