© 2024 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Ohio Lawmakers Start Process To Legalize Sport Betting

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
John Locher
Associated Press

Some lawmakers are looking for a way to bring legal sports betting to Ohio. The move is in reaction to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing states administer gambling on sports.

Sports betting is no longer federally banned but states still need to create their own laws around the issue.

A bipartisan effort at the Statehouse would get the ball rolling with several meetings to gather input from any interested parties.

Republican state Rep. Dave Greenspan is one of the sponsors of a placeholder bill, HB714, he says it’s important for Ohio to start a collaborative process now as other states are already launching their programs.

“This is happening around the country," Greenspan. "This is the beginning of the process. If Ohio is going to participate in this type of activity I believe that we would be prudent in being an early adopter."

Greenspan says already having casinos in Ohio will be helpful now that the state has an infrastructure for gambling.

Republican state Sen. John Eklund and Democratic state Sen. Sean O'Brien are co-sponsoring the same placeholder bill, SB316, in the Senate.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.