Vermont advances efforts to introduce sports gambling to the state
By Bob Garcia
The state, despite a wealth of existing studies, will commission a new study on sports gambling
Slowly but surely the state of Vermont has continued with its desire to be able to legalize sports betting. According to the latest reported movements on this issue, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has reportedly decided to enact a bill that seeks to launch a study on legalized sports betting, which is essential to achieve several objectives, including the necessary stimulation for the state legislature to start taking action on the issue.
Bill H.313 was signed into law by Governor Scott two days ago. This bill had initially passed the Vermont General Assembly last month and was finally able to get the job done. Among the proposals set forth in the legislation is the extension of an executive order provision that allows bars and restaurants to continue to sell alcoholic beverages to-go if they so choose. Likewise, it also requires that, before October 15 of this year, a sports betting study be completed to determine important factors that may be influential before making the respective decisions.
“For years, I have also proposed that Vermont legalize and regulate sports betting, as more than a dozen states have done,” Scott said in a statement. “We know that thousands of Vermonters are already participating in this activity, and the state must take steps to ensure fairness and safety while generating new revenue to support enrichment opportunities for our youth, increase the affordability of childcare or support universal access to afterschool programs.”
Considering that the legalization of this type of gambling has the support of its own Governor, it is very possible to soon see the Green Mountain State and its relatively small population join the list of states where they have already taken the plunge.