Gambling and the New York State Constitution

Government Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2010

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 10-15

8 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2010 Last revised: 23 Jul 2010

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Liebman, Bennett, Gambling and the New York State Constitution (2010). Government Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2010; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 10-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645379

Bennett Liebman (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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