Indiana’s sports gambling bill won’t authorize mobile bets
An amendment to allow mobile wagers has been stripped out of a sports gambling bill
There continues to be a considerable amount of debate among Indiana lawmakers over what should be allowed should the Hoosier State move forward with sports gambling. A bill, Senate 552 (S 552), that would legalize sports gambling and mobile wagers has been under review by different committees, and one struck all language related to mobile sports bets when it was considering the bill yesterday. However, there’s a good chance the bill will be altered once again by another committee to reintroduce the activity.
The House Public Policy Committee (PPC) altered the bill yesterday to strike mobile wagers and to add a requirement that operators use official data for in-game wagers. The bill will now go to the Ways and Means Committee, which is expected to make other changes. According to some sources, that committee is likely to reinsert the mobile gambling rider.
Indiana’s Senate approved gambling expansion this past February. As the bill has continued to make its way through the House, it is finding resistance among some lawmakers who feel they must comment on anything, even if it’s just for comment’s sake.
The chairman of the PPC, Representative Ben Smaltz, said that mobile gambling shouldn’t be allowed in communities that may not want it included. He said, “I think that the public has to make the decision on if they want wagering available throughout the four borders of the state of Indiana. I think the answer to that in a lot of places is probably not.”
However, a public hearing held on the bill last week saw zero participation by any mobile gambling opponents.