On Thursday, the state of Ohio held its first public hearing in Columbus on plans to legalize and regulate sports wagering within its borders. It was the first step in what could be a multi-year process to kick of legal sports wagering in the Buckeye State.
The House Finance Committee discussed a bill from state lawmakers Dave Greenspan and Brigid Kelly. Their co-sponsored legislation was introduced on April 9, and it calls for the Ohio Lottery Commission to be the regulator of up to 1,000 brick-and-stick sports betting locations.
Under their vision for Ohio sports betting, the 11 casinos and racinos, as well as fraternal and veterans organizations with a liquor license, could offer sports betting in some form. Establishments like a veterans hall wouldn’t have a Las Vegas-style sportsbook, but would have a sports betting terminal.
The bill is still a work in progress, Greenspan and Kelly stated Thursday, but they seem committed to allowing sports betting in b&m facilities throughout the state. They said there could be hundreds of them, which would give Ohio more b&m locations for placing a sports bet than any other state.