A measure proposing that voters should decide on legalizing sports betting in Deadwood, S.D. was rejected by South Dakota House panel today. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-3 against the proposal, which had already been passed by the Senate. But chances are that this will not stop supporters in favor of offering legalized sports betting in the state, as they continue to talk about gathering signatures to put it on the 2020 ballot despite this rejection.
With other the number of states now offering legalized sports betting, Mike Rodman, Deadwood Gaming Association executive director, reportedly told committee members that the historic mining town needs to offer customers the gambling products they request and that other states provide.
Casino operators are predicted to move forward in collecting the nearly 34,000 signatures that would be required to bring the measure to a statewide vote. They have until November to do so before the petitions are due.
Although 2019 will not be the year legalized sports betting hits South Dakota, perhaps in the near futures it will offer residents and tourists another amenity in gaming and provide a boost for hotels, shops and restaurants, adding growth to the state’s economy by generating revenue and attracting extra tax dollars.