Ohio could join its neighbors in legalizing sports betting this fall.
A 2018 decision by the US Supreme Court gave individual states the opportunity to set their own rules for sports betting. All of the states surrounding Ohio have already legalized it. The Ohio Senate passed its version of the bill, which could have been included in the budget signed last week. But the House decided to wait until they return to the meeting in September to vote on their version.
One of the differences between the bills is the number of sports betting licenses that are issued. Each of Ohio’s professional sports teams want a license, as do the state’s casinos and racinos. The legislature could provide licenses for online and stationary betting sites. The house would like to take more time to study the rules of sports betting.
“I think it’s better to get it right than to do it quickly,” says Ohio Bob Cup spokesman. “It’s a long way, but we think we should be able to figure out the difference by September and get it to the governor’s desk.”
Some of the money raised through sports betting could help fund education in the state.
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