North Dakota Will Not Legalize Gambling
Online casinos in North Dakota are not legal yet as
North Dakota’s plea for their legalization have been turned down.
Defeated in the senate, Bill HB 1509 has made promises of online casinos
and online pokers disappear. The Bill came with a lot of controversy as
North Dakota citizens and legislators thought that this state was not
ready for the legalization of online casinos.
Scared by what it could mean for its citizens, but infatuated by what it
could do for their economy, a Senate representative decided to take the
Bill to the senate, to test its fate. With only four votes to back it
up, Bill HB1509 has been dismissed. Online casinos have been looking for
certain states to legalize the industry, and North Dakota was definitely
at the top of their list. Bill HB1509 was represented by Representative
Jim Kasper and supported by Representatives Connie Triplett from D-Grand
Forks as well as John Syverson of R-Fargo. In a vote for online casinos
legalization, four votes were for the Bill to pass but forty-four were
against the Bill and thus, the Bill has fallen.
The controversy lies in some people feeling that making
online casinos illegal interferes with their constitutional freedoms and that
there is no specific law forbidding the use of online casinos within the
American law system. Among other things, the online casinos business enjoys much
revenue and the citizens of North Dakota among other states want a piece of the
On the others idea of this argument is the North Dakota residents that think
online casinos are inappropriate or just useless in the scope of their needs and
wants. North Dakota fears that the use of online casinos may make people gamble
money they do not have and they are afraid for the peaceful state their citizens
enjoy. North Dakota has thought about the issues of online casinos for quite
some time and the population seems to be much divided in where they stand on
this important issue.
Senator David Nething of Jamestown states that online
casinos are not something North Dakota would benefit from and therefore there is
no need in pursing the Bill. Online casinos are mostly based out of non North
American countries and legalizing the running of online casinos in the states
would be a different system altogether. People are interested in legalizing
online casinos mostly because of the economic prosperity the online gaming
industry offer for an average state like North Dakota. Oklahoma has also been
said to be investigating into the legal issues. Arguments have already been made
that the decision should be left for the public vote itself rather than in the
hand of senate members. If the bill was passed it would have gone to the public
to decide; as the bill fell there will not be any significance in a public vote.
Sources have said that other states will follow suit of trying to pass their own
state Bill by representatives that will allow online gaming.