Ohio could have sports betting before Halloween
By Bob Garcia
Ohio lawmakers are finally trying to bring a sports betting bill to the finish line
Sports betting could soon be knocking on Ohio’s doors, especially after major steps were taken by lawmakers over the past few days. Experts say that if all goes well, Buckeye State bettors could expect good news later this month when Halloween is celebrated.
State Senator Kirk Schuring, chairman of the Select Committee on Gaming, said last week during a radio interview that a conference committee has been set up to work out minor differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. “I think we are finally on a pathway to get sports betting into law,” Schuring said during the nearly 20-minute interview.
The Senator has not yet detailed the names of the people who will serve on the committee with him, but he did make it clear that there will be six members in total, three from the Senate and three from the House. Schuring also indicated that the committee has set a schedule to meet at certain times over the next few weeks and anticipates floor votes in both chambers before the month is out. “Our game plan is most of the conferees….we’d like to get it done, all wrapped up both to the House and Senate floors by the end of this month,” he added.
Should all go well and Governor Mike DeWine gives the legislation the go-ahead, residents could have to only wait another six months to place a wager due to certain regulatory requirements that must be put in place first. Schuring explained the steps along the way and said wagering would be coming by the end of April next year. Still, it’s pretty big news for the state as a whole, and it looks like all the efforts are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.