Tennessee sports gambling bill gets a fresh boost
The state’s position on sports gambling changes every week
Several weeks ago, it looked like sports gambling might not make it to Tennessee anytime soon. Then, the state’s governor, Bill Lee, got involved and said that he would approve legislation as long as he was able to provide input into the bill’s legislation. It was off to the races again for sports wagers, but several Congressional committees showed their distaste and movement was stalled once again. Now, the fire has been stoked and the bill is once again starting to gain a little traction – very little.
What gave it the recent boost was an amendment that would ban all prop bets on any Tennessee college team or game played in the state. The amendment was added by Representative Bob Ramsey, who admits that he has no idea what prop bets are. However, the bill had sat in a committee for a month with no movement and he found a way to make that change. It was recently approved in committee by a vote of 12-5 and is ready to move forward in the House.
In the Senate, there is an identical bill, a typical action when lawmakers want to give a certain subject the best chances of survival. If both bills survive, then there is no need to have one particular bill sent to the other chamber to run the political gauntlet. However, the Senate’s bill is about to be reviewed by the Government Operations Committee – the same committee that stalled the bill previously.