Gov. Mike DeWine has let legislative leaders know that he favors having the Ohio Casino Control Commission put in charge of regulating sports betting, rather than the Ohio Lottery Commission.
But the high-stakes, much-lobbied debate is far from over.
The issue of which commission should regulate Ohio’s newest gambling expansion has been a key part of the debate as state officials decide how to proceed in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year legalizing sports betting nationwide.
The two chambers have thus far differed, with House Bill 194 putting sports betting under control of the Lottery Commission and Senate Bill 111, which has not yet had a hearing, giving it to the Casino Control Commission.
The governor met with representatives of both commissions, and Dan Tierney, spokesman for DeWine, confirmed that the governor this week informed the House speaker, Senate president and sponsor of the House bill, Rep. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, of his preference.