Ohio and Louisiana Both Moving Forward With Sports Betting Bills

  • Louisiana sports betting Senate Bill 130 has been approved in both chamber but needs their governor’s signature before waiting for parish votes in November.
  • Ohio sports betting bill HB 194 has passed in the committee and is awaiting to be voted on the house floor.

COLUMBUS, Ohio. - Both Ohio and Louisiana have quietly been pushing forward sports betting bills that have been passing votes and advancing stages.

Louisiana in particular is at the final stages, as the state-approved the industry and is a signature (or allowance) away from the governor to make it official.

The next step would be to wait for parishes to vote in November.

Ohio’s sports betting bill has advanced to the house floor.

If passed, Ohio’s HB 194 will join Louisiana in being in the final stages of approval.

Sports bettors in both Ohio and Louisiana should have a lot of optimism. These bills passing at the rate they are going show the growing interest in sports betting in both states.

Louisiana Bill In Parish Voting Stage

The Louisiana SB 130 was pushed forth by Senator Cameron Henry.

The bill is set up in a matter that each individual parish would have to vote to approve sports betting in their area.

If residents in one parish vote yes, while another parish votes against the bill, then sports betting would only be approved in the parish that voted yes.

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This is unlike other voter-approved sports betting authorization.

With over 50 gaming properties, the passing of SB 130 would be able to bring sports betting to all of these locations, making Louisiana a prime location for sports betting.

Ohio Bill Gaining Traction

The Ohio House Finance Committee passed HB 194, advancing the bill to the House floor. The bill may be voted on as soon as Thursday.

Ohio is eager to get their sports betting regulations underway after missing out on potential millions during this past Super Bowl.

Neighboring states like Indiana have been poaching potential Ohio sports bettors and legislators in the Buckeye State have been pushing for this bill to advance.

If HB 194 officially goes through, then the Ohio Lottery Commission would be in charge of regulated sports betting.

There are also provisions for regulated mobile and online sports betting as well.

While both these bills continue to be in the voting stages, residents of both Ohio and Louisiana are able to bet on sports at online sportsbooks that are available to all US residents.