Massachusetts Prepping to Make Sports Betting Law in 2019

Massachusetts Prepping to Make Sports Betting Law in 2019

June 01, 2018 8:58 AM


Just because the state of Massachusetts hasn’t passed sports betting legislation yet doesn’t mean it’s ignoring the topic. Au contraire. State lawmakers are mobilizing in an effort to have passable legislation prepared for vote in the early days of the 2019 session.

Earlier this week, the full legislature agreed to extend a deadline in the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies from May 31 to June 15, so the committee could further evaluate multiple senate bills dealing with gaming, including sports betting, horse racing and the state lottery.

The Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14, opening the door for states to legalize sports wagering if they so desire. Many do. Several states across the country and particularly in the Northeast have been scrambling to push forward legislation or implement what they had already put into place.

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