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Ohio sports gaming bill awaits DeWine signature

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 6:05 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Ohioans are one step closer to being able to bet on their favorite sports team after the Ohio House and Senate voted in favor of a bill, HB29, that would allow betting on college and professional sports as well as esports events.

A 10 percent tax would be assessed on the sports gaming industry with proceeds going mostly toward schools.

“This is much more than a sports gaming bill, it’s an economic development bill that addresses an issue that’s already happening. This will make it legal, and generate not only business development but revenue for the state,” Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) said.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission will oversee sports betting with the Ohio Lottery Commission playing a role in gaming at retail lottery locations.

The Senate passed the bill with amendments 31-1 Wednesday evening.

Just hours later, according to our media partners at the Enquirer, the House approved the bill 72-12 with those amendments included.

It now heads to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk.

If he signs the bill, the program will launch no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

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