New Ohio bill would allow sports betting in casinos, racinos and through their mobile apps

Nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized sports betting outside of Nevada, a bill in the Ohio General Assembly would legalize the wagers in casinos, racinos and other places with video lottery terminals.

Senate Bill 111 is sponsored by Sens. John Eklund, a Geauga County Republican, and Sean O’Brien, a Bazetta Democrat. The Northeast Ohio lawmakers sponsored a “placeholder” bill last year that lacked specifics but was intended to help the legislature amass information on the industry, which informed them on this year’s bill.

Several states have beaten Ohio, and have legalized sports wagers months ago. However, Eklund said Thursday he’s not in a rush. He wants to get the law right, he said.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re first or last,” he said. "The object is to be the best.”

Under SB 111, people must be 21 to bet.

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