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Ohio House committee greenlights sports betting proposal

The measure faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where a competing bill that would place sports wagering under the supervision of the Casino Control Commission.

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Controversial legislation to temporarily grant legal immunity to Ohio businesses - particularly nursing homes and other health care providers - for transmitting the coronavirus passed the Ohio House 83-9 on Thursday.

The hearing on Wednesday was the final hurdle standing between the bill and Governor John Bel Edwards' desk.

The bill passed by a vote of 91-2 and would expand the state's gambling laws to allow charities to offer electronic bingo games alongside their paper ones.

If the bill passes, there are still differences between Greenspan's House bill and a Senate bill that was introduced by Senator John Eklund a year ago.

LA SB 130 was presented to the House by Representative Stephen Dwight, having only one objection by Representative Raymond Crews about whether or not sports betting was considered gambling.

Pushing the decision to voters in Louisiana's parishes may be seen as a successful compromise in a state where representatives and senators have wildly varying opinions on legalized gambling. If everything goes smoothly, it could be passed through by the end of 2020. The Democratic governor is expected to sign the bill and allow the issue to be voted on by localities this November. If the bill goes to the November ballot, then they'll most likely wait to benefit in 2021.

What Happened To House Bill 357? Maybe it is being surrounded on all sides by states that either have legalized sports betting or a booming horse racing industry. According to some analysts, the slight differences between the two bills could fuel controversy in the Senate but in case OH senators give their support to the proposed piece of legislation, the bill could be turned into law by the end of the year.

In 2018, 47 of the 64 parishes voted to have legal DFS in their parish. It also authorizes wagering via the internet and mobile devices.

After session, Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said he felt the Ohio Constitution requires sports betting to be overseen by the Ohio Lottery.