Legal Sports Betting Bill Tracker

Is gambling illegal in my state, or is sports betting legal in my state? Where is US online sports betting legal or in retail locations? If you’ve come here wondering that, we’ve got you covered. Some background: New Jersey’s legal battle against the NCAA and the major pro sports leagues reached the United States Supreme Court in 2017 in a case known as Murphy v NCAA (formerly Christie v NCAA). On May 14, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of NJ in a 6-3 decision. Now that PASPA has been eliminated, states are free to legalize sports wagering, and some already have: New Jersey, Mississippi, Pennsylvania  and more. Our sports betting legislation tracker is updated regularly. Check below the map, too, for links to relevant information in your state.

US Sports Betting Bill Landscape

Hover over any state to find out what, if anything, is happening in terms of sports betting legalization there.

KEY:

  • Green = Legal
  • Orange = Legalized but not yet live
  • Yellow = Legislation on the table
  • Blue = No meaningful legislation action 

 

More Info by State

STATESTATUSBILL/LEGISLATIONMOBILE / RETAIL SPORTSBOOK
AlabamaNo action
AlaskaNo action
ArizonaPendingA new bill introduced in 2019 would legalize sports betting, only at "federally recognized Indian tribes" with a tribal-state compact with AZ.Probably retail only
ArkansasLegal but not liveA referendum on the Nov. 6 2018 ballot allows several casinos to open and permit legal sports betting. Regulators may issue casino licenses to four casinos across the state, and those casinos could then offer gaming, including sports betting.Retail only to start
CaliforniaNo recent actionIt's a mess and may be a while. A bill proposing a constitutional amendment to permit legal wagering didn't go anywhere.N/A
ColoradoPendingVoters will decide in a Nov. 2019 ballot referendum whether to legalize or not.Would be both
ConnecticutPendingSeveral bills are on on table but a tug-of-war between stakeholders and tribal-state compacts have stalled progress.Would be both in any final bill
DelawareLegalGrandfathered under PASPA; no new legislation deemed necessaryRetail only
District of ColumbiaLegal but not liveThe Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 legalized sports betting in D.C. The Council voted in February to bypass an RFP process and award a sole-source contract to Intralot to roll out the city's only mobile sportsbook.Both
FloridaPendingThere's been some chatter and one bill on the matter but ultimately the Seminole Tribe will dictate how and whether legal sports betting proceedsTo be determined
GeorgiaNo action
HawaiiNo recent actionA bill to study legal sports betting went nowhere
IdahoNo action
IllinoisLegalized at the last minute in June '19. Regulations forthcomingWell, they did it. SB 690 was the vehicle.Retail sportsbooks will come first and those properties will be allowed to go online -- however, with in-person registration required for the first 18 months. A "penalty box" basically shuts out DraftKings and FanDuel, which will be able to apply for a mobile-only license in early 2021 (for just $20 mm).
IndianaLegal but not liveAn 11th hour bill passed before the session closed in April, and it will become law sometime in May.Both
IowaBill to legalize awaiting Gov. Reynold's signatureA pretty good bill passed in April 2019. It only needs the governor's signature now.Both
KansasPendingLot of bills on table, lot of talk, no real action.
KentuckyPendingLot of bills on table, lot of talk, no real action. Proponents saw major pushback from conservative/religious groups
LouisianaPendingBill has passed state senate to legalize on casino premises. Vote would ultimately have to go to parish-by-parish vote.Retail
MainePendingThey're moving forward with a "concept bill"To be determined
MarylandPendingBig topic of conversation but an effort to get it on the ballot for a referendum failed in 2019.
MassachusettsPendingWhole lot of bills on table and a governor in support. There's a decent chance for it to happen in 2019.Would be both
MichiganPendingThe legislature passed Brandt Iden's sports betting and iGaming bill at the end of 2018, however the outgoing governor vetoed it. Iden will press on this session and there's been movement.Would be both
MinnesotaPendingRep. Pat Garofolo will introduced a bill that legalizes sports wagering on premises of tribal casinos, only.Retail only
MississippiLegalSportsbooks went live in August 2018, however a measure to allow statewide online/mobile sports betting failed in 2019.Retail only
MissouriPendingThere's several bills bouncing around the legislature, with various degrees of support. To be determined.Probably both
MontanaLegal, not yet liveBill passed in May 2019 to legalize through the Montana Lottery in bars and tavernsRetail only
NebraskaNo action
NevadaLegalMecca of sports betting since 1949 or soBoth
New HampshireLegislature passed HB 480 and Gov. Sununu expected to sign in JuneThe New Hampshire Lottery will be the regulator and a new Division of Sports Wagering will be created.Both. Remote registration allowed for online sportsbooks. Physical locations can be “co-located with other commercial businesses or general commercial retail locations.”
New JerseyLegalWent live in June 2018Both
New MexicoLegal-ishThere's sportsbooks operating at three tribal sportsbooks currently, a pair of them near Albuquerque, as the state AG has interpreted the tribal-state compacts as allowing sports wageringRetail only
New YorkLegal in-person at four upstate casinos and at Native American casinos.Regulations approved for in-person sports betting. There's language in the Upstate New York Gaming Development Act of 2013 that permits this, but not online/mobile.Retail only at (launches to come in Fall 2019): del Lago Resort and Casino; Tioga Downs; Rivers Schenectady; Resorts World Catskills; Turning Stone Casino Resort; Point Place.
North CarolinaPendingA bill on the table would legalize at a pair of tribal casinosRetail only
North DakotaPendingTwo bills to legalize are were on the table but didn't pass before the 2019 session closed.Unclear
OhioPendingOhio policymakers are taking their time behind the scenes; House and Senate differ as to who will regulate.Probably will be both once they reach consensus on other issues
OklahomaPendingIn a holding pattern. Need buy-in from state tribes
OregonPendingOregon's Sports Action Lottery, which allowed parlay wagering on NFL and NBA games at times from 1989-2007, was grandfathered in under PASPA. The State Lottery now has plans to roll out a sports betting game on its app for 2020To be determined
PennsylvaniaLegalJust waiting for mobile platforms to become availableBoth
Rhode IslandLegalLegalized in 2018 at the state's two casinos, Twin River in Lincoln and the Tiverton, which launched in late 2018.Both, although there's a constitutional challenge to the 2019 law allowing mobile wagering
South CarolinaNo action
South DakotaNo action
TennesseeLegal, not yet liveThe first online/mobile-only billOnline only
TexasNo action
UtahNever
VermontPendingLegislature has seen a few bills but none yet with tractionUnclear
VirginiaPendingIn 2019 were three bills on the table. HB 1638, HB 2210, SB 1238, in a state with no casinos and one racetrack.Likely at least mobile at some point
WashingtonPendingThere's two House bills in the legislature, HB 1992 the other HB 1975. HB 1992 would legalize sports betting at horse tracks, OTBs and tribal casinos.Unclear
West VirginiaLegalSenate Bill 415, aka the "West Virginia Lottery Sports Wagering Act" passed in March, legalizing sports betting in the Mountain State.Both, but no online/operators after the only one went offline
WisconsinNo action
WyomingNo action

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