Senate Vote Thursday On Heavily Amended MA Sports Betting Bill

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The Massachusetts Senate finally will weigh in on legal MA sports betting Thursday after about 10 months of inaction.

Senators have until 5 pm Tuesday to submit amendments to the amended H 3993, which was favorably approved in the Ways and Means committee last Friday.

H 3993 is the legislation passed by the House last year to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts. Considering some of the Senate changes, though, it might be hard for the two sides to find common ground.

Senate MA sports betting details

The amended H 3993, using text from Senate amendment S 2844, is a big change from what the House approved.

There are three big differences between the two pieces of sports betting legislation:

Tight restrictions on advertising?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would be tasked with adopting rules that could prohibit a lot of standard advertising practices seen elsewhere in US sports betting.

Listed among what must be prohibited by the commission that is not found in the House version: