The state of Ohio is one step closer to legalizing sportsbetting within its borders as the state's Senate voted on a bill that would legalize and regulate the activity.
The bill would allow for 53 different gaming licenses to be issued throughout the state to provide sportsbetting services. 33 licenses would be reserved for land-based betting shops, casinos, and sports bars, while 25 licenses would be reserved for racetracks and casinos. It passed overwhelmingly with a 30-2 margin.
The bill will now have to head to the House for debate and a vote. If it passes there, it will head to the desk of Governor Mike DeWine who can sign it into law.
In other Ohio news with an impact on sportsbetting, the Senate also voted to approve of a bill that would allow collegiate athletes to earn money for the use of their names and likeness.
We're following this story and will be updating readers as we learn more.