Ohio Senator to Introduce Sports Betting Legislation

Surrounded on all borders by states that already have or soon will move to legalize sports wagering, Ohio finally jumped into the ring last week when state Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced that he will put forth an Ohio sports betting bill.

The Buckeye State, home to 11 commercial casinos and racinos, had been quiet on the sports betting front until Schiavoni’s announcement, which came on the heels of the Supreme Court striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Act on May 14, effectively making sports gambling a states’ rights issue.

According to WKSU, Schiavoni has already opened discussions with fellow lawmakers and gaming stakeholders.

“I also talked to some of the casino owners and operators about the nuts and bolts of this — whether or not it’s just going to be in-person betting, whether or not you’re going to be able to download an app,” he told WKSU on Monday. “There’s some different things that you can look at.”

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