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Bill Proposed to Legalize Sports Gambling in Ohio

A U.S. Supreme Court decision allows states to legalize and regulate sports gambling.

Two state representatives have introduced a bill to legalize and regulate sports gambling, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said states can do that. If it passes, sports betting would be limited at first, but could someday be offered in surprising venues.

The bill would create a 10 percent tax on sports betting, and the Ohio Lottery would run it in the state’s four casinos and seven racinos, along with fraternal and veterans’ organizations that meet certain criteria. And Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) says a lot of businesses are interested in joining the team eventually.

“There are bars and restaurants that would like it there. There are a whole host of other organizations – we’ve even been outreached by some grocery store chains that want to offer sports gaming in their facility.”

Proceeds from that tax will go to the state’s problem gambling fund and to education. Greenspan and Democratic sponsor Brigid Kelly of Cincinnati say it could bring $30 million a year to schools, and that could double once the federal court system rules on mobile and online sports betting.