The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that forcing states to comply with a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional.
Governor Pete Ricketts says he applauds the decision, but with reservations.
“Nebraska actually joined that suit as a matter of principal, because we believed it was a state’s rights issue,” Ricketts told reporters at a news conference. “However, sports betting is still illegal here in Nebraska and we have no plans to change that.”
The anti-gambling movement is how the governor got his start in politics more than a decade ago.
He says while gambling may generate revenue, the social ills outweigh the benefits.
“If you look at the things that go a long with gambling, for every dollar you collect in tax revenue, you spend three in social services,” Ricketts explains, “whether it’s because of increased child abuse, increased spousal abuse, embezzlement, things like that.”
Ricketts has been a supporter of the anti-gaming group, Gambling With The Good Life.
Six of the nine justices ruled in favor of the legal challenge the State of New Jersey brought against the federal ban.