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Betting Legislation Tracker

Sports betting legislation tracker in the United States of America

Several U.S. states have taken legislative action on sports betting in the past few years, and several more have taken steps in contemplation of the federal government lifting its ban. As New Jersey’s case against the major sports leagues has now reached the U.S. Supreme Court, these states are attempting to position themselves to implement licensing and regulatory frameworks for sports betting without delay. We will update this grid with links and details as bills make their way through legislative bodies in each state.

STATESTATUSBILL/LEGISLATIONDATEFURTHER DETAILSSPONSOR
AlabamaNo action
AlaskaNo action
ArizonaNo action
ArkansasNo action
CaliforniaPendingThe proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 18 would authorize the state legislature to permit sports wagering.June 2017The amendment would only take effect if the federal law (PASPA) is changed, i.e., repealed. Assemblyman Adam Gray
ColoradoNo action
ConnecticutPending change in federal law House Bill 6948 asks a state commission to outline a regulatory framework for sports betting in anticipation of PASPA being overturned. July 2017Connecticut's sports betting bill was passed, and Governor Dannel Malloy has signed it.Representative Jason Rojas
DelawareLegal on limited basis; only parlay wagering on NFL games is permitted. The state's most recent attempt to fully legalize, Senate Bill 183, died in committee. January 2016The bill would have provided for an expansion of the Internet lottery to include sports betting.This was a bipartisan bill comprised of 12 Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
FloridaNo action
GeorgiaNo action
HawaiiPendingBills in both the House (HB 927
) and Senate (SB 677) are contemplating legalization.January 2017HB 927 calls for the establishment of a commission to analyze the possibility of gaming in Hawaii.
 SB677 would create the Hawaii Internet lottery and gaming corporation for the purpose of conducting internet gambling in the state. After their introduction, both bills were referred to committees.Representative John Mizuno (HB 927
) and Senator Will Espero (SB677)
IdahoNo action
IllinoisNo action
IndianaNo action
IowaStagnantSenate Bill 2129 would have authorized sports betting in the event that federal law did not prohibit such. January 2010The bill died in chamber. Iowa lawmakers have made more recent overtures to allow sports betting in its casinos but have not passed anything.Senator John Kibbie
KansasNo action
KentuckyPendingA state senator introduced a bill (BR155) that would legalize sports betting in the Commonwealth, "when allowed by federal law."September 2017"It is important that the General Assembly acts now to create regulations in anticipation of a ruling by the Supreme Court" Mr. Carroll said.Senator Julian M. Carroll
LouisianaNo action
MaineNo action
MarylandPendingHouse Bill 0989 would establishing a task force to study the implementation of sports gaming in the state, to monitor federal law, and make recommendations regarding the implementation of sports gaming.March 2017The proposed legislation would take effect in the event that the federal government repealed its prohibition against sports betting (PASPA).Delegates Jason Buckel and Kevin Hornberger
MassachusettsNo action
MichiganPendingHouse Bills 4060, 4261 and 4338 all pertain to sports betting. HR 4060 would amend the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act to allow the holder of a casino license to accept wagers on sporting events; HR 4338 would allow parlay wagering; HR 4261 would allow simulcast wagers on horse racing in licensed casinos.March 2017All three measures have been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.Representative Robert Kosowski
MinnesotaPercolatingPrevious bills failed but recently Rep. Pat Garofolo said he plans to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting. September 2017“We want to have it safe, regulated, and fair,” Garofolo said. “Sports gambling is taking place in Minnesota, especially with the Internet. A lot of this money that’s being wagered is going overseas, where there are no consumer protections. It’s not being regulated.”Potentially Rep. Pat Garofalo
MississippiPendingHouse Bill 967 legalized sports fantasy betting (Fantasy Contest Act) in the state and also included language that would legalize sports betting in Mississippi casinos if PASPA is overturned. March, 2017“We did make modifications to Gaming Control Act that would allow for the Gaming Commission to regulate sports betting if it were ever to be overturned at the federal level,” said Rep. Scott DeLano.Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill, although he opposes sports betting in Mississippi.
MissouriNo action
MontanaLegal on a very limited basisMontana was one of four states (along with Nevada, Delaware and Oregon) to have their grandfathered under PASPA because they all allowed some form of sports betting at the time of its enactment.CurrentIn 2008, Montana began its "Montana Sports Action" which is basically a form of fantasy sports, offering through the state lottery.
NebraskaNo action
NevadaLegal, very legalCurrent
New HampshireNo action
New JerseyPendingSenate Bill No. 3375 removed and repealed all prohibitions, permits, licenses, and authorizations concerning sports betting in New Jersey.June 2017New Jersey had partially repealed its prohibitions in 2014 -- the impetus for the blockbuster lawsuit that's made its way to the Supreme Court. This bill just took it a bit further once the court accepted its writ.Senator Raymond Lesniak
New MexicoNo action
New YorkPendingSenate Bill 1282 and Assembly Bill 5438 would authorize sports betting at facilities in racetracks, casinos and off-track betting sites in New York State.February and March, 2017Both bills are in committees in their respective chambers. There is also language in the Upstate New York Gaming Development Act of 2013 that contemplates sports betting at state casinos if federal law changes.Multiple co-sponsors
North CarolinaNo action
North DakotaNo action
OhioNo action
OklahomaPendingSenate Bill 519 would authorize sports betting as a part of a larger package related to tribal gaming.May 2017The bill was referred to the Budget Committee. Senator Kim David
 and Representative Leslie Osborn
OregonLegal but limited under federal lawOregon's “Sports Action Lottery," which allowed parlay wagering on NFL and NBA games at times from 1989-2007, was grandfathered in under PASPA. Eliminated in 2007Seeking to host NCAA basketball tournament games in the state, Oregon discontinued Sports Action in 2007.
PennsylvaniaPending change in federal law The Pennsylvania Assembly passed HB271 -- a robust gambling bill that would allow online gambling and permit licensed sports betting — if or when federal law allows it.October 2017Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania's sports betting bill but questions remain about the taxes and fees the law imposes on would-be operators. Senator Camera Bartolotta and Representative Robert Matzie

Rhode IslandStagnantIn 2010, three state senators issued a joint resolution calling on U.S. Congress to lift the federal ban on sports wagering.January 2010At the time the resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Constitutional and Regulatory Issues.Senators John Tassoni, John McBurney
and James Doyle
South CarolinaPendingHouse Bill 3102 would amend the state constitution to allow South Carolina to regulate sports betting.January 2017The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.Representative J. Todd Rutherford
South DakotaNo action
TennesseeNo action
TexasNo action
UtahNo action
VermontNo action
VirginiaNo action
WashingtonNo action
West VirginiaPendingHouse Bill 2751 would, among other things, authorize the State Lottery Commission to promulgate legislative rules establishing sports betting and find that federal law prohibiting sports betting in West Virginia is unconstitutional.March 2017The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee and then the Finance Committee. State lottery officials are keeping a close eye on the SCOTUS case.Delegate Shawn Fluharty
WisconsinNo action
WyomingNo action
STATESTATUSBILL/LEGISLATIONDATEFURTHER DETAILSSPONSOR
AlabamaNo action
AlaskaNo action
ArizonaNo action
ArkansasNo action
CaliforniaPendingThe proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment 18 would authorize the state legislature to permit sports wagering.June 2017The amendment would only take effect if the federal law (PASPA) is changed, i.e., repealed. Assemblyman Adam Gray
ColoradoNo action
ConnecticutPending change in federal law House Bill 6948 asks a state commission to outline a regulatory framework for sports betting in anticipation of PASPA being overturned. July 2017Connecticut's sports betting bill was passed, and Governor Dannel Malloy has signed it.Representative Jason Rojas
DelawareLegal on limited basis; only parlay wagering on NFL games is permitted. The state's most recent attempt to fully legalize, Senate Bill 183, died in committee. January 2016The bill would have provided for an expansion of the Internet lottery to include sports betting.This was a bipartisan bill comprised of 12 Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
FloridaNo action
GeorgiaNo action
HawaiiPendingBills in both the House (HB 927
) and Senate (SB 677) are contemplating legalization.January 2017HB 927 calls for the establishment of a commission to analyze the possibility of gaming in Hawaii.
 SB677 would create the Hawaii Internet lottery and gaming corporation for the purpose of conducting internet gambling in the state. After their introduction, both bills were referred to committees.Representative John Mizuno (HB 927
) and Senator Will Espero (SB677)
IdahoNo action
IllinoisNo action
IndianaNo action
IowaStagnantSenate Bill 2129 would have authorized sports betting in the event that federal law did not prohibit such. January 2010The bill died in chamber. Iowa lawmakers have made more recent overtures to allow sports betting in its casinos but have not passed anything.Senator John Kibbie
KansasNo action
KentuckyPendingA state senator introduced a bill (BR155) that would legalize sports betting in the Commonwealth, "when allowed by federal law."September 2017"It is important that the General Assembly acts now to create regulations in anticipation of a ruling by the Supreme Court" Mr. Carroll said.Senator Julian M. Carroll
LouisianaNo action
MaineNo action
MarylandPendingHouse Bill 0989 would establishing a task force to study the implementation of sports gaming in the state, to monitor federal law, and make recommendations regarding the implementation of sports gaming.March 2017The proposed legislation would take effect in the event that the federal government repealed its prohibition against sports betting (PASPA).Delegates Jason Buckel and Kevin Hornberger
MassachusettsNo action
MichiganPendingHouse Bills 4060, 4261 and 4338 all pertain to sports betting. HR 4060 would amend the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act to allow the holder of a casino license to accept wagers on sporting events; HR 4338 would allow parlay wagering; HR 4261 would allow simulcast wagers on horse racing in licensed casinos.March 2017All three measures have been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.Representative Robert Kosowski
MinnesotaPercolatingPrevious bills failed but recently Rep. Pat Garofolo said he plans to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting. September 2017“We want to have it safe, regulated, and fair,” Garofolo said. “Sports gambling is taking place in Minnesota, especially with the Internet. A lot of this money that’s being wagered is going overseas, where there are no consumer protections. It’s not being regulated.”Potentially Rep. Pat Garofalo
MississippiPendingHouse Bill 967 legalized sports fantasy betting (Fantasy Contest Act) in the state and also included language that would legalize sports betting in Mississippi casinos if PASPA is overturned. March, 2017“We did make modifications to Gaming Control Act that would allow for the Gaming Commission to regulate sports betting if it were ever to be overturned at the federal level,” said Rep. Scott DeLano.Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill, although he opposes sports betting in Mississippi.
MissouriNo action
MontanaLegal on a very limited basisMontana was one of four states (along with Nevada, Delaware and Oregon) to have their grandfathered under PASPA because they all allowed some form of sports betting at the time of its enactment.CurrentIn 2008, Montana began its "Montana Sports Action" which is basically a form of fantasy sports, offering through the state lottery.
NebraskaNo action
NevadaLegal, very legalCurrent
New HampshireNo action
New JerseyPendingSenate Bill No. 3375 removed and repealed all prohibitions, permits, licenses, and authorizations concerning sports betting in New Jersey.June 2017New Jersey had partially repealed its prohibitions in 2014 -- the impetus for the blockbuster lawsuit that's made its way to the Supreme Court. This bill just took it a bit further once the court accepted its writ.Senator Raymond Lesniak
New MexicoNo action
New YorkPendingSenate Bill 1282 and Assembly Bill 5438 would authorize sports betting at facilities in racetracks, casinos and off-track betting sites in New York State.February and March, 2017Both bills are in committees in their respective chambers. There is also language in the Upstate New York Gaming Development Act of 2013 that contemplates sports betting at state casinos if federal law changes.Multiple co-sponsors
North CarolinaNo action
North DakotaNo action
OhioNo action
OklahomaPendingSenate Bill 519 would authorize sports betting as a part of a larger package related to tribal gaming.May 2017The bill was referred to the Budget Committee. Senator Kim David
 and Representative Leslie Osborn
OregonLegal but limited under federal lawOregon's “Sports Action Lottery," which allowed parlay wagering on NFL and NBA games at times from 1989-2007, was grandfathered in under PASPA. Eliminated in 2007Seeking to host NCAA basketball tournament games in the state, Oregon discontinued Sports Action in 2007.
PennsylvaniaPending change in federal law The Pennsylvania Assembly passed HB271 -- a robust gambling bill that would allow online gambling and permit licensed sports betting — if or when federal law allows it.October 2017Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania's sports betting bill but questions remain about the taxes and fees the law imposes on would-be operators. Senator Camera Bartolotta and Representative Robert Matzie

Rhode IslandStagnantIn 2010, three state senators issued a joint resolution calling on U.S. Congress to lift the federal ban on sports wagering.January 2010At the time the resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on Constitutional and Regulatory Issues.Senators John Tassoni, John McBurney
and James Doyle
South CarolinaPendingHouse Bill 3102 would amend the state constitution to allow South Carolina to regulate sports betting.January 2017The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.Representative J. Todd Rutherford
South DakotaNo action
TennesseeNo action
TexasNo action
UtahNo action
VermontNo action
VirginiaNo action
WashingtonNo action
West VirginiaPendingHouse Bill 2751 would, among other things, authorize the State Lottery Commission to promulgate legislative rules establishing sports betting and find that federal law prohibiting sports betting in West Virginia is unconstitutional.March 2017The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee and then the Finance Committee. State lottery officials are keeping a close eye on the SCOTUS case.Delegate Shawn Fluharty
WisconsinNo action
WyomingNo action
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