The long awaited Ohio According to a major sponsor, the bill for sports betting will be introduced on Thursday.
Senator Kirk Schuring told the local radio station WHBC it was still working on the bill. It will be unveiled at a press conference later this week:
“I’m working hard on it, and I’m speaking to my Senator President Matt Huffman. It’s now 250 pages. I will be working on it again today and making some changes to it. We want to make sure we introduce it – and by the way, when we introduce it we don’t say it’s perfect. We say, “OK, let’s hold hearings and the prospects come in.” But we want to make sure it’s at least spelled correctly and that’s what I’m working on today. “
If 250 pages sound like a lot, it is because this isn’t just an OH sports betting bill. It’s a larger gaming expansion bill that could be included electronic bingo, iLottery and video lottery terminals.
Lots of testimony to help do the bill
Schuring and his other bill co-sponsors have plenty of material to put the bill into what most want.
Schuring led the Elect the Committee on Gambling through several hearings earlier this year. That gave casino operators, sports betting, technology suppliers, lottery retailers, and professional sports teams time to express their views.
The pro teams want a sports betting skin like the one expected by the casinos. Lottery dealers want to get involved too, but there is no guarantee that they will be included in the legislation.
After its introduction, the bill will receive further hearings in the Schuring Committee.
Ohio sports betting so close in 2020
It looked like Ohio was a late addition to the US legal sports betting landscape with a lot of momentum around SB 111. A few late changes, including reducing the skins to just one per casino, were too big to beat.
Former Late. John Eklund LSR said he was trying to keep key decision makers happy with his changes late in the meeting:
“I hear from people – consent from whom is pretty important to get something done – that the wide, widespread distribution of this material is unfavorable and the kind of wade-in, test-the-water, let’s see how – it-go approach is more appropriate.
“I’m trying to get a bill, do you see what I mean? And I’m trying not to do anything that would make people sink the whole operation against us. “
At this point, it’s clear Ohio is losing tax revenue to border states that have legalized sports betting. GeoComply presented data that almost showed 900,000 Online gaming transactions within 10 miles the Ohio border across the The first four days of March madness.