Ohio House of Representatives pass sports betting bill


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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — In a 83-10 vote Thursday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill to allow sports gambling in Ohio, under control of the Ohio Lottery Commission. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Ohio would become the 12th state to legalize sports gaming businesses since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted its ban in 2018.

The Ohio Senate has its own bill, which would have the Casino Control Commission oversee sports betting.

“Ohioans who want to bet on sports should be able to do it right here at home. HB 194 will create a safe, secure way to play,” said Cincinnati democratic Representative Brigid Kelly. “This legislation will also provide additional resources for education, which is especially important right now.”

The bill would also create a 10 percent sports wagering tax, which would be utilized specifically for public education and gaming addiction.

According to the Legislative Service Commission, the 10 percent sports wagering tax would generate about $17.8 million in revenue for FY 2021 and up to $23.7 million in FY 2022.

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