The General Government and Agency Review Committee of the Ohio Senate met to discuss advancing a draft bill that would allow state sports betting.
On a bill that has been in motion for over a year, Ohio Sen. John Eklund stood before the committee to ‘inform and refresh’ their minds.
Said Eklund: “There are many, many shared premises and shared objectives among all the parties involved, and we are listening and formulating refinements.”
In an effort to drive legislation forward, major sports betting companies and a gaming industry lobbying organisation filed letters in anticipation of the hearing. Boyd Gaming, DraftKings, FanDuel, Jack Entertainment, MGM, and Penn National were amongst the signatories.
In the end, lawmakers did not take any direct action to advance the bill, but in the not too distant future, Eklund said more sessions would follow.
The vice president of Jack Entertainment, Adam Suliman, said in a statement: “Our customers tell me regularly that they are looking forward to a day in the near future when they can wager legally on their favourite sporting event. It feels like we are very close to providing them with that opportunity, and for that, we are appreciative.”
Many who use casinos in the state also face effective restrictions from today, after a three-week curfew was issued by Governor Mike DeWine in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 following an increase in cases.