Here is an article about the Public Ballot Question.

Marlene Sincaglia
Publicity Chair
League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence & Summit
908-464-1988

PUBLIC BALLOT QUESTION
 

This November there will be a public question on the ballot. The vote is to allow the Legislature, when permitted by federal law, to legalize the placing of bets on certain sports events at casinos, racetracks and former racetrack sites. If legalized in New Jersey, bets could be placed on professional college or amateur sports or athletic events except that bets could not be placed in any college sport or athletic event that takes place in New Jersey or in which a New Jersey college team is playing.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey analyzed this proposed ballot question and offers the following information:

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Reasons to vote YES:

  1. If the amendment is approved the federal courts may allow a challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act to go forward. The PASPA prohibits sports betting in all states except for Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon, which had existing betting authorization in place when the law was adopted (1992)

  2. Supporters argue that sports betting is already widespread, and legalizing it will allow for state regulation and reduced crime.

  3. Estimates of the tax revenue that could be generated by legalization of sports betting range from $30.6 million to $220.7 million, depending in the number of locations and whether or not internet wagers are permitted.

 

Reasons to vote NO:

  1. Expansion of gambling have historically increased the number of participants, as 2% to 5% of gamblers become problem gamblers, the legitimization of sports betting may increase the number of problem gamblers in New Jersey, currently estimated at 300,000 to 350,000.

  2. It is unclear exactly where sports betting would be allowed, as the amendment does not define the term “former racetracks”. For instance, most county fairgrounds were sites of horse racing in the past.

 

The League of Women Voters works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

For more information about the League of Women Voters in the area go to www.lwv-bhnps.org or call 908-464-1988