Ohio becomes the latest to be close to legalizing sports gambling
Legislators in the Buckeye State are beginning to come around and are approving sports gambling
There are several states advancing step by step in the process of allowing legal sports gambling operations, and the latest is Ohio. A couple of days ago, a proposal to legalize sports wagering in the state was passed by the House of Representatives. If this bill is passed by the Senate, which is the next step. A good thing is that mobile betting is being considered, too, so the Buckeye State could expect a sizeable income from this activity.
House Bill 194 covers all details revolving a legal sports betting industry, including a 10% tax that licensed places will need to pay back to the state based on the revenue generated. The proceeds coming from these taxes will be used for education and gambling-addiction programs. Another provision included in this bill is that veterans and fraternal organizations are authorized to offer on-site betting, as well. State Representatives Brigid Kelley and David Greenspan are the sponsors of the bill; they said that this bill would prevent Oho gamblers from taking their money to other states with legal sports betting.
The bill expects to find certain opposition when going to the Senate and Governor Mike DeWine’s desk; both seem to be on board with the idea of the State Casino Commission to be the one that oversees sports wagering activities. So there are some negotiations that need to happen between the two bills; otherwise, the proposal can move forward to the governor’s desk. Nearby states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have all legalized sports betting since the ban was lifted in 2018.