Indiana legalizes sports gambling
By Bob Garcia
Indiana’s governor approves a mobile sports gambling bill in the state
Yesterday was a historic day for Indiana. It became one of only a small handful of states to have legalized sports gambling when Governor Eric Holcomb put pen to paper and signed a bill to bring mobile sports gambling to the state. Indiana is now the third state bordering Ohio – along with Pennsylvania and West Virginia – to get in on the action.
Holcomb said of his support of the bill, “By modernizing our laws, this legislation will spur positive economic growth for our state and for an industry that employs over 11,000 Hoosiers. Additionally, it will bring in new revenue and create hundreds of new jobs – both permanent and in construction,” Holcomb said. “I will direct the Indiana Gaming Commission to monitor for potential effects of this bill so that we can make necessary changes in future legislative sessions.”
Indiana has never offered any type of mobile gaming, making the approval of this bill even more significant. The legislation introduced a number of changes that represent the biggest advance of the state’s gambling industry in decades and sportsbooks could be seen as early as this fall.
Across the country, there are now seven states that have legalized sports gambling. In addition to Indiana, these include Nevada, New Mexico, Mississippi, Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Washington, DC has legalized the activity, but the measure still needs to be signed by DC’s mayor. Several other states are working on their own versions of sports gambling bills and more will definitely be added to the list within the next two to three years.