A South Dakota Senate panel has approved a measure that would ask voters to legalize sports betting in Deadwood. The push comes after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last year for all states to offer legal sports betting.
Republican Senator Bob Ewing, the sponsor, says lawmakers should allow South Dakota residents to decide the issue.
Deadwood Gaming Association Executive Director Mike Rodman says sports betting would be a marketing opportunity to boost the city's less-busy seasons.
The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 on Wednesday to send the proposal to the full chamber.