The state of New Jersey filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week, over the legality of sports betting. New Jersey stated that the federal ban on sports betting is illegal, as it exceeds the authority of Congress; hence it is “manifestly unconstitutional.”
The lawyers from both the sides were supposed to file briefs by August 30 with the Court. The court will decide if the federal bodies prohibiting the states from modifying the state laws that deal with the private conduct, like sports betting, outwit if the federal law outweighs a state’s regulatory powers.
The decision brought in by the court will have extensive constitutional consequences and deal with the current ongoing hot topic of States Rights.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 is the federal law which forbids the states from allowing sports betting. As of now, only Nevada is the only state allows game betting. New Jersey appealed the Supreme Court for repealing sports betting regulations, after a series of losses in lower courts.
The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, argued in his brief to the court that the state legislatures are not subjected to federal direction.