Senate loosens limit for casino ownershipPIERRE — South Dakota senators voted Friday to repeal the three-casino restriction on ownership of Deadwood gambling establishments.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — South Dakota senators voted Friday to repeal the three-casino restriction on ownership of Deadwood gambling establishments.
No one spoke against the change during the Senate consideration nor during a hearing Thursday by the Senate committee on commerce and energy.
The prime sponsor of the legislation, Senate Bill 112, is Sen. Tom Nelson, R-Lead.
The vote was 26-4 in favor. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives.
Senators delayed consideration of Nelson’s other Deadwood legislation that would increase the bet limit to $1,000 from the current $100.
Nelson said he sought the delay because the Senate had a long calendar of legislation scheduled for Friday afternoon.
He said the bet-limit increase would be considered “almost assuredly” on Monday.
“There’s no issues. I just wanted a full debate,” he said.