Federal lawmakers grapple with future of national sports wagering

May 26, 2017 11:13 AM

Federal lawmakers continue to grapple with the future of national sports wagering as New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat, has released a draft of a bill that would repeal a federal ban of most types of sports betting.

The draft bill, released Thursday is aimed at allowing states to make their own sports betting laws. The new law would repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act passed in 1992.

New Jersey has repeatedly attempted to avoid the current federal ban on sports gambling and is currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on whether it will review the state’s appeal on the issue. 

Pallone is the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.