This week a Minnesota politician announced his plans to introduce a sportsbetting bill, which would legalize the activity within its borders.
The announcement was made by Representative Pat Garofalo on Minnesota Public Radio. He said that the Gopher State would be better off with sportsbetting legal, as it'd protect participants. "We want to have it safe, regulated, and fair," Garofalo said. "Sports gambling is taking place in Minnesota, especially with the Internet. A lot of this money that's being wagered is going overseas, where there are no consumer protections. It's not being regulated."
Any prospective bill would likely mirror the one that passed into law within New Jersey. That law legalized sportsbetting within the Garden State's borders at various casinos and racetracks. A full tax structure was also put into place, allowing for the state to raise money to pay for various programs based on sportsbetting revenues.
Sportsbetting is in a precarious spot within the United States. As soon as its bill was signed into law, New Jersey was sued in federal court, and the case is scheduled to be heard in front of the Supreme Court this fall. If New Jersey wins its case, sportsbetting will be legal in states that choose to adopt it. It's likely that this bill is being drafted in the event that occurs.
We'll be updating this story as we learn more details about Representative Garofalo's bill becomes public.