New Mexico lawmakers can’t let rogue sports betting ride By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board November 11, 2018 at 6:24 pm When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law earlier this year banning sports gaming in most states, justices made it clear that states should decide the issue, not the federal government. “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion. “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.” Each state – not each casino or lottery. But rather than wait for state lawmakers and the new governor to make the call, Santa Ana Star Casino has opened a new sports book with full sports betting accessibility. And the New Mexico Lottery Authority has announced plans for a new sports lottery game.