Industry News of the Day for February 11, 2019

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New Jersey:



  • Legal Sports Report, 2.8.19 – Chances For Ohio Sports Betting “Better Than 50-50”, Bill Sponsor Says
    • The odds are favorable to legalize Ohio sports betting this year, according to one bill sponsor. Ohio Sen. John Eklund tells Legal Sports Report he expects to fill out his placeholder bill for sports betting by the end of February. He feels the good money is on it to pass.




  • AP, 2.10.19 – Indiana lawmakers considering casino moves, sports betting
    • A shake-up of Indiana’s gambling laws being debated could see two new casinos being built and allow legalizing sports betting to start as early as next year.
  • Indiana Business Journal, 2.8.19 – IUPUI poll finds moderate support among Hoosiers for sports betting
    • More Hoosier voters than not said in an IUPUI poll they back legalized sports betting in Indiana—but not a majority of those surveyed. The online Indy Sports Poll, conducted by IUPUI’s Sports Innovation Institute with research firm Qualtrics, found that 46 percent of individuals say Indiana should legalize sports gambling.


New Hampshire:



  • iGaming Business, 2.11.19 – Arizona sports betting bill hearing delayed
    • A Senate Committee hearing on a bill to legalize sports betting at Arizona’s tribal casinos and bars was delayed to give the legislation’s sponsor time to make revisions and amendments to the proposal.
  • Phoenix Business Journal, 2.9.19 – Senate postpones debate on bill that would legalize Arizona sports betting
    • Sports betting might be coming soon to the state of Arizona, but the wait will be a little longer than expected. The discussion of SB 1158, a sports betting bill first introduced on Jan. 23, was postponed Feb. 7 at the Arizona Senate to a date to be determined later.


  • AP, 2.8.19 – Iowa Legislature debates who should run sports betting
    • The Iowa Legislature is moving forward a series of bills that would legalize sports betting. Lawmakers discussed four bills Wednesday in a Senate subcommittee, and the bills are on the calendar for discussion Thursday by House members.



Rhode Island:


  • Star Advisor, 2.8.19 – Proposal to legalize sports betting stalls
    • Lawmakers quickly disposed Thursday of a proposal to legalize sports betting in Hawaii, with the House Judiciary chairman announcing he would rewrite the bill to create a task force to study the issue.


  • Sports Handle, 2.11.19 – Maryland Lawmakers May Have Found Way Around Constitutional Amendment
    • Have Maryland lawmakers found a way to speed up legalizing sports betting and bypass having to amend the constitution via ballot referendum? A bill filed late last week suggests it’s possible. The bill, HB 1132, would allow video lottery operators and horse racing licensees to offer sports betting, which would be regulated by the state lottery and gaming commission.
  • Gaming Intelligence (subscription paywall), 2.11.19 – Maryland lawmakers revisit legalized sports betting
    • Lawmakers in Maryland have introduced three new bills related to legalized sports betting.


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