Ohio is considering two sports gambling bills
The Buckeye State is just the latest preparing to get in on the action
Ohio lawmakers are contemplating the possibility of passing two bills that will make sports betting legal. Lawmakers are now discussing aspects of the legislation, who will be regulating the market or if all bets will be legalized. It’s possible that one, or both, of the bills will see daylight.
House Bill (HB) 194 was introduced back in April in collaboration with Representatives Brigid Kelly and Dave Greenspan. This bill will grant control over the activity to the Ohio Lottery Commission; however, the Ohio Casino Commission would be in charge of any investigations into the industry. Meanwhile, there is also Senate Bill 111 that will give complete control to the Casino Commission. HB184 would also allocate the 10% sports gambling tax for education and efforts to combat gambling addiction.
There is one concern brought up by the Inter-University Council of Ohio regarding making college and high school sports bets legal. They declare that the situation could increase the temptation students face to take bribes and change the outcome of the games. They have requested to leave the collegiate sports out of the bill. A communication from the House already clarified that sports betting would not be legalized for primary and secondary sporting events.
As it happens with anything that is new, there are some opponents of legalizing gambling have told members of the Ohio House that they view the industry as a very tight market against consumers and all in favor of the house. “There is a faulty assumption surrounding commercialized gambling and it has led to very bad outcomes for the American people,” Stop Predatory Gambling director Les Bernal told the Committee a not so long ago.
On the other side, proponents of legalization state that no matter how much they fight it, this is already happening. The state should take a step ahead to legalize the business so they can better regulate it. Governor Mike DeWine from Ohio supports the cause in spite of all opponents.