Posted October 08, 2018 07:25:23 The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a New Jersey ban on gambling online, ruling that state lawmakers didn’t have the authority to enact such a law.
The Supreme Court said a lower court judge in 2016 wrongly applied a statute that allows gambling operators to set up gaming facilities at public property without a permit.
The court’s decision came as the state prepares to file an appeal of a lower-court ruling that said the law violates the federal Constitution.
The high court’s ruling was a setback to gaming operators in New Jersey, which is one of the few states to have a ban.
The state legislature passed a bill in 2016 that allowed people to gamble online without a license, but the court ruled it violates the state constitution.
The ruling comes as the federal government has been considering whether to extend a 2016 ruling that blocked state-regulated online gambling in the nation’s first casino resort, which opened in Atlantic City in October 2016.
In an opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the justices said the legislature’s decision to prohibit online gambling “was not clearly based on a legitimate state interest” and that the law violated the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which bars Congress from establishing a government monopoly on interstate commerce.
Roberts said the state’s law does not violate the state Constitution because it does not “constitute a license or registration of gaming facilities.”