Sports gambling could be legal in Ohio by the end of the year

All over the country states have already legalized sports gambling after the US Supreme Court ruled earlier this year to make it legal.

One of those states, that borders Ohio, is Pennsylvania.

So where is Ohio in the process?

Closer than you might think.

There are two parallel bills in both the Ohio House and Senate that are bare bones.

Senate Bill 316 (SB 316) is literally two paragraphs:

To express the intent of the General Assembly to develop and enact legislation legalizing sports wagering.

The body of the bill now needs to be researched and added as an amendment.

"The goal is to decide are we going to do this in Ohio? That's not a foregone conclusion by any stretch of the imagination," State Senator John Eklund, the co-sponsor of the bill, told Cleveland 19.

"If we're going to do it, how do we do it so as to maximize the outcome for everybody in the state of Ohio."

That's why Eklund started holding meetings with groups who might be involved in sports books, where players would place their bets.

There are several questions they have yet to answer, that would eventually lead to legislation.

"Who's going to do it? Who's going to be responsible for it? Who is going to be the regulating authority, if we have a regulating authority?" Eklund said. "What kinds of games are we going to allow people to wager on?"

And that is just the beginning.

The question of rates and fees still have to be ironed out.

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