Current State of Gambling in Ohio
In 2017, the United States Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional. With the federal ban struck down, individual states can choose to enact sports betting legislation. As of January 2021, there are 21 states with some manner of legalized sports betting.
Governor Mike DeWine issued statements in early 2021 stating that it's not a matter of "if" but "when" sports betting will be legalized in Ohio. While legalized sports betting will cut down on current illegal sports betting activity and allow for state regulation, as gambling opportunities expand, there will be an increased risk of problem gambling.
In January 2021, Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman created the Select Committee on Gaming for the purpose of overseeing gaming regulation in Ohio and to analyze the industries' economic impact on the state.
In this critical moment for Ohio, it is PGNO's mission to ensure that any sports betting legalization will include protections to mitigate harm and provide Ohioans with ample treatment resources in anticipation of rising rates of problem gambling. Join us and advocate for those who will be negatively impacted by sports gambling legalization.
Language legalizing sports wagering and e-bingo was added to this bill.
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