Ohio lawmakers begin examining sports wagering legislation
October 11, 2018 8:00 AM
by Robert Mann
Ohio lawmakers this week began examining sports wagering legislation conducting two meetings on the issue.
The sponsoring lawmakers, State Senators John Eklund (R-District 18) and Sean O’Brien (D-District 32) seek to have a legislative outline done in a matter of weeks and a bill drafted soon after that. Ohio still has legislative sessions remaining this year to pass a sports betting bill. If not passed in 2018, a new bill would need to be introduced at the start of the 2019 session.
The meetings included representatives from groups that oppose sports betting, several horseman’s groups, some business groups, local universities, and think tanks.
Local media reports indicate the discussion centered on if the Ohio legislature can legalize sports betting or whether a state constitutional amendment that would go before the voters might be needed. Also at issue is whether the Ohio Lottery or the Ohio Casino Control Commission would be the regulatory body overseeing sports betting in the state.