Could Lawmakers Decide Ohio’s Sports Betting Fate By Halloween?

  • A conference committee has been set up to discuss the multiple sports betting bills in Ohio.
  • The goal of the committee is to come to an understanding between the Senate and the House of Representatives to agree on one measure.
  • State Senator Kirk Schuring anticipates a vote by the end of October within both chambers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Local legislators in Ohio have created a conference committee to discuss the multiple sports betting bills in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Lawmakers will go over the different wants and needs of each legislative branch with the hope to come to an agreement on a single bill.

The vote is expected to be done before the end of the month so local sports betting in Ohio could be just around the corner.

Ohio Conference Committee

During a recent interview, State Sen. Kirk Schuring who is also the Chairman of the Ohio Select Committee on Gaming announced the Committee Conference.

“I think we are finally on a pathway to get sports betting into law,” said Schuring. “Our game plan is most of the conferees….we’d like to get it done, all wrapped up both to the House and Senate floors by the end of this month.”

The committee will meet several times in the coming weeks to try and narrow down a single focused sports betting bill.

There are a total of six members, three from the Senate and three from the House, and they will discuss the bills passed within both legislative branches this year.

Different Sports Betting Licenses

The Senate is presenting a bill that would offer three different sports betting licenses. Type A would focus on mobile sports betting, Type B would be focused on retail operations, and Type C would focus on betting kiosks around the state.

Type A licenses would see up to 40 mobile sports betting applications available for sportsbook platforms statewide, giving Ohio a plethora of options for online sports betting.

Type B would allow brick-and-mortar operations to offer land-based sports betting. Not only in casinos but Schuring spoke about restaurants having sports wagering options as well.

Type C would have sports betting kiosks in bars and other venues that serve alcohol and already have a license to serve alcohol. These kiosks would be scattered throughout Ohio and are aimed at smaller operations like bowling alleys that wish to be included in the sports gaming industry.

These are among the multiple options that are expected to be discussed at the committee conference. Lawmakers in Ohio are aiming to have a final vote by Halloween.