It is less necessary for sports betting to be definitely legalized in Ohio next year. After intense debates on the issue, most state legislators have agreed on the operation of the system. The only thing in which there is no majority agreement yet, is who the game controller will be about.
Both the players and the authorities hope that this obstacle can be demolished very soon so that the income of the state increases. The legalization of the sports game in Ohio in 2020 is considered as a “safe bet”. For this purpose, two bills have been presented with different proposals on the body responsible for overseeing the game.
One of the bills proposes that it be the Ohio Casino Commission, while the other considers that supervision should be carried out by the Ohio Lottery Commission. This is the main controversy that prevents the approval of the legal game in the state.
Senate Bill (SB) 111 promotes the leadership of the Casino Commission to lead the game. The project establishes the legalization of sports games in the 11 casinos and rabbits of Ohio and the collection of a 6.25% income tax, which is lower so far proposed in all states. This bill is sponsored by Senator Sean O’Brien, who says they have not yet convinced him that the supervision “must pass to the lottery commission.”
The other project is sponsored by House Bill (HB) 94, which believes that the conduct and regulation of sports betting must be administered by the OLC. It proposes a 10% tax, whose income would be used to finance educational programs and prevention of gambling addiction. The estimates of income for the state in both projects are between $ 8 and $ 12 million.
But beyond the generation of tax revenue, state legislators want to legalize the activity to end the illegal game. Dave Greenspan, a representative and sponsor of HB 94, believes that ending illegal gambling is as important as seeking additional income for the state. “We have to recognize that this is happening illegally,” he argues and adds that there is currently a propensity to use illegal applications for phones and other forms of unregulated gaming.
While lawmakers are still looking for an agreement on who should be in charge of game supervision, the important thing is that they already agree on what should be allowed. Bets on professional and university sporting events would be allowed. Although in many states the bets on university sports are not allowed.
The NCAA, as well as most of the state’s colleges and universities, do not agree to approve bets for college games. The organization has signaled its concern about the effects that bets can cause on players. However, they have not analyzed perhaps that by legalizing sports betting it would be easier to control the game and its deviations, something that is not possible with the current illegal game and the offshore industry.