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Betting Business: Bill allowing sports betting in Indiana heads to governor

An Indiana bill allowing legal sports betting in Indiana is headed to state Governor

The state of Indiana moved a step closer to legalized sports betting on Wednesday.

A provision legalizing sports betting could allow any of the state’s casinos, racinos or satellite locations to apply to offer wagering on all but amateur or high school sports in addition to video games. Sports wagering in casinos and on mobile devices for people age 21 and older would be legal, and gambling could take place from anywhere in the state on mobile devices.

A different bill passed the Indiana Senate in February, but the Indiana House voted to allow sports betting only at casino sites. On Wednesday, the revised House Bill 1015 gained the approval of both the House and Senate – with mobile wagering included. After Gov. Eric Holcomb receives the bill, he will have seven days to make the final decision.

The proposed compromise would allow the Indiana Gaming Commission to issue regulations and start approving casinos for sports wagering beginning July 1, according to The Associated Press, with a 9.5 percent tax on sports wagering. Legalized sports betting in the state could start as early as this fall, per AP, if it is signed into law by Holcomb.

Eight states – Nevada, New Mexico, Mississippi, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island – currently offer full-scale legalized sports gambling. Several additional states have passed bills.

The United States Supreme Court ruled a federal law prohibiting sports betting outside Nevada unconstitutional.

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