NC could be closing in on legalized sports gambling
The Tarheel State has taken a huge step forward to becoming a gambling state
North Carolinians, generally speaking, are a conservative bunch of people. There are still dry counties where you can’t buy liquor on Sundays and any talk of gambling is typically hushed and conducted in dark, closed rooms. When sports gambling fever took over the country, though, the Tarheel State decided to bring the subject out into the open, but hasn’t had a lot of success. This could soon change, as lawmakers have now approved a measure that will take sports gambling in the state to the next step.
The NC House has approved a bill that will allow for the study of sports gambling in the state. The legislative body has authorized the creation of the NC Gaming Commission to explore the activity and the “positive and negative impacts” of allowing it, as well as what it will cost and what the state might earn. There is also the possibility that it could include a section on online gambling, which would be a huge step forward for the state.
The bill, Senate Bill 547, found overwhelming support in the Senate when the chamber voted on it in May. They approved the bill by a vote of 44-1 before sending it over to the House to be considered. That chamber saw a little more opposition, but still managed to approve it by a substantial majority. 86 lawmakers in the House said yes and only 26 said no.
The commission has less than a year to conduct its study – it has to report its results to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the State Lottery prior to February 15 of next year.