As of now, games of chance are illegal in North Dakota. But that soon may change.

Casinos are technically illegal in North Dakota although the state does have six casinos on tribal lands. Federal law allows casinos to be on tribal land.

North Dakota, the state, does not own any casinos. But WDAY reports that North Dakota is looking to authorize up to six state-owned casinos across North Dakota.

If the measure is approved, voters in the June 2018 primary would be able to vote on if they want to allow state owned casinos.

There are contingencies with the state owned casinos. They are as follows:

  • The casinos cannot be built within 20 miles of a reservation
  • The casinos would not be allowed within five miles of a city of more than 5,000 people
  • The casinos must "be established as destination-oriented attractions and selected for the scenic, historic, recreational and tourism advantages of the site and the site’s potential to contribute to the rural economic development of the state.”

Representative Al Carlson of Fargo introduced the resolution on Wednesday and hearings will be scheduled for a later time according to the Bismarck Tribune.



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