North Dakota reverses field on sports betting

North Dakota reverses field on sports betting

February 20, 2019 12:25 PM


BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Republican-led House reconsidered and passed legislation Wednesday that would allow legal betting on college and professional sports, reflecting a relaxation of anti-gambling attitudes in recent years in the highly conservative state.

The bill got the support of representatives Wednesday morning but fell two votes short of the 48 needed for approval. The measure passed 52-38 on a second vote in the afternoon, before lawmakers were set to adjourn for their midsession break.

It now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate for consideration.

A separate bill that would allow gambling on professional sports only was defeated by a wide margin Wednesday.

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