Massachusetts Sportsbetting Bill Passes Senate

This week Massachusetts' Senate passed through a sportsbetting bill that would legalize and regulate the activity, although there are some provisions that'll have to be worked out.

The Senate bill has a prohibition on sportsbetting by collegiate athletes, forbid advertising and marketing services using coupons, site credit, giveaways, or more, and would ban live game wagering. Taxation rates are also different, as there's a 20% tax on retail and 35% on mobile. The House version had 15% on retail and 12.5% on mobile.

Each bill does have a provision to allow for six gaming licenses that can operate both online and retail books. The activity would be overseen by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and some funds would got to address gambling addiction.

Now that the bills have passed the Senate and House, the two sides will have to negotiate to vote on a bill that matches up on verbiage. If that comes to pass, the bill would go to the desk of Governor Charlie Barker, who can sign it into law or veto it and send it back for further debate and changes.

News on the bill's passage comes on the same day that Kansas lawmakers approved of a bill legalizing and regulating sportsbetting within their own borders.

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Dustin Jermalowicz // News Editor
Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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