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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