Gambling and the New York State Constitution
Government Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2010
8 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010 Last revised: 23 Jul 2010
Date Written: 2010
New York State has pari-mutuel betting on horse racing for seventy years, which now includes a massive off-track betting system, State lottery, video lottery, charitable bingo, and tribal casinos. All of this takes place in a state where the Constitution makes gambling illegal except in four situations. These exceptions have now swallowed the rule. This article provides a review of the history of gambling in New York state to determine how the state came to this position, and considers what can be done to create a more rational Constitutional and jurisprudential basis for the conduct of gambling in New York state.
Keywords: Lottery, bingo, tribal casinos, horse racing
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