The odds of Massachusetts Even addressing sports betting this year, let alone legalizing it, appears much longer after that senateBudget decisions this week.
The Senate again refused to start sports betting Fiscal year 2021 Budget proposal months overdue. Senator Bruce Tarr Tabled an amendment to legalize sports betting, just as he did in an economic development bill this summer.
Tarr, the leader of the Senate minority, proposed legalizing sports betting in Massachusetts with retail and online betting. The amendment was rejected without a roll-call vote.
After the hearing Senate President Karen Spilka told the State House News Service that sports betting is not an immediate priority:
“Right now the focus is on conference committees, budget resolution and COVID. But we’ll see. “
Stalling Massachusetts Sports Betting Legalization
If the House If it were, MA sports betting would be in a much better position.
The House passed its version of an economic development law 156-3 this summer with sports betting included. The bill would have allowed seven Online sports betting licenses for the casinos, DraftKings Sports Betting, FanDuel Sports Betting and two others.
Penn National and Wynn ResortsTwo of the state’s three casino operators recently wrote a joint letter against the idea. The casinos argued that they deserve control of most of the licenses on the market.
The Senate eventually decided that the economic accounts was not the right time to run sports betting. Senator Michael Brady, who also submitted a betting change for the budget, was told that sports betting would be dealt with later in 2020.
Brady later said he expected sports betting to be addressed by the company Fiscal year 2022 Budget if not this year. Discussions about this budget should start early next year.
Senators complain about lost revenue
According to the SHNS, not everyone was happy that sports bets were shot down on Wednesday night.
Senator Patrick O’Connor talked about the “basically free money” of sports betting. Sen. Marc Pacheo said the state is losing revenue that it will need.
A budget for the 2021 fiscal year submitted by Governor Charlie Baker included $ 35 million in sports betting revenue for the state.
What can MA residents do?
Massachusetts residents have two legal options when they are ready to travel to another state. Both New Hampshire and Rhode Island offer legal sports betting via mobile apps.
Rhode Island also changed its laws this summer, which means that both states will let Massachusetts residents sign up and place bets from their phones once they’re within that state’s border.
Each border is about an hour’s drive away Downtown Boston.