CEI Experts at Supreme Court Oral Argument for Sports Gambling Case

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CEI Experts at Supreme Court Oral Argument for Sports Gambling Case

The Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 4 will hear an important case concerning states’ ability to make their own policies independent of the federal government. The case, Christie v. NCAA, concerns New Jersey’s efforts to repeal its own law banning sports betting, as the state’s voters and legislature already voted to do. Both CEI Senior Fellow and gambling policy expert Michelle Minton and CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman will attend oral argument on Monday. Minton says much is at stake:

The Supreme Court's ruling will directly impact states’ ability to decide their own priorities and laws on countless policies important to state citizens, not just gambling but everything from immigration, to gun and ammunition sales, to marijuana, and even assisted suicide. The federal government should enforce its own laws and leave states alone to decide their own laws, and hopefully the Court will rule that way.

CEI, together with Pacific Legal Foundation and the Cato Institute, submitted an amicus brief supporting New Jersey in this case, arguing that a federal anti-gambling law violates the Constitution’s prohibition against federal “commandeering” of states, because the law requires states to enforce it.

> Background resources: Sports Gambling 101

WHO:  Michelle Minton, CEI Senior Fellow and Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel
WHAT:  New Jersey v. NCAA oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
WHERE: U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
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