US Sports Betting Bill Tracker
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Legislative Tracker: Sports Betting

States can now officially legalize sports betting if they want, after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on May 14. Interest in the legalization of sports betting has been ramping up in the US recent years, even prior to that decision from SCOTUS.

There are now a variety of bills on file around the country and even some new laws on the books.

  • Legal, regulated industry
  • Legalized pending launch
  • Partial law in place
  • Recently considered bill

States with legal sports betting

Five states have legal, regulated sports betting industries.

Two more state-regulated industries are expected to launch in the coming months:

The climate for sports betting legislation

The movement toward legal sports gambling began to surge as the NJ sports betting case was granted a new life in 2017. The US Supreme Court heard the case late that year and rendered a decision in 2018. The win for New Jersey means it and other states can legalize sports betting at their individual discretion.

In addition to the states with fully legal sports betting, a couple others have put partial laws in place pending further action:

Current sports betting bills

These bills have been pre-filed for the 2019 legislative session:

 

StateBill(s)SynopsisLatest News
KentuckyBR 15

BR 29
Bill would legalize sports betting under the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.Latest news
OhioH 714

S 316
Placeholder bills indicate intentions to legalize sports betting.Latest news

Legislative live streams

Want to follow along as a sports betting bill is considered in a hearing or legislative session. Here’s a guide to all the video and audio streams for US legislatures:

StateStream 1Stream 2Stream 3
AlabamaHouse audio Senate audioSenate video
AlaskaHouse and Senate
ArizonaHouse videoSenate video
ArkansasHouse videoSenate audio
CaliforniaAssemblySenateCal Channel webcasts
ColoradoHouse and Senate
ConnecticutHouse and Senate
DelawareHouse and Senate
FloridaHouseSenateHouse youtube
GeorgiaHouseSenate
HawaiiHouse and Senate
IdahoHouse and Senate
IllinoisHouseSenate
IndianaHouseSenate
IowaHouseSenate
KansasHouse and Senate
KentuckyHouse and Senate
LouisianaHouseSenate
MaineHouse and Senate
MarylandHouse and Senate
MassachusettsHouseSenate
MichiganHouseSenate
MinnesotaHouseSenate
MississippiHouse and Senate
MissouriHouse and Senate
MontanaHouse and Senate
NebraskaHouse and Senate
NevadaHouse and Senate
New HampshireHouse and Senate
New JerseyHouse and Senate
New MexicoHouse and Senate
New YorkAssembly
North CarolinaHouse and Senate
North DakotaHouse and Senate
OhioHouse and Senate
OklahomaHouseSenate
OregonOregon
PennsylvaniaHouseSenate
Rhode IslandHouse and Senate
South CarolinaHouseSenate
South DakotaHouse and Senate
TennesseeHouseSenateJoint
TexasHouseSenate
Utah
VermontHouse and Senate
VirginiaHouseSenate
WashingtonHouse and Senate
West VirginiaHouseSenateAudio-only both
WisconsinHouse and Senate
WyomingHouseSenate

Previous sports betting bills

Here is the recent history of bills related to sports betting in the United States:

2018 legislation

 

StateBill(s)SynopsisLatest News
CaliforniaACA 18Constitutional amendment would legalize sports betting.Latest news
ConnecticutH 5307

S 540
Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
IllinoisH 4214

H 5186

S 7

S 2478

S 3125

S 3432
Bills would legalize or prohibit sports betting.Latest news
IndianaS 405

H 1325
Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
IowaH 2448Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
KansasH 2533

H 2752

H 2792

H 2793

S 455
Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
KentuckyBR 155

H 536
Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
LouisianaH 245

S 266
Bills would legalize sports betting via referendum.Latest news
MarylandS 836

HB 1346

HB 1014
Bills would legalize sports betting via referendum.Latest news
MassachusettsS 2273Bill would study legalization and regulation of sports betting.Latest news
MichiganH 4060

H 4261

H 4926
Bills would legalize sports betting; first via referendum; second would allow parlay wagering; third would legalize online gambling.Latest news
MississippiH 1113

H 1154
First bill would prohibit sports betting; second would study tax rates for sports betting.Latest news
MissouriH 2320

H 2406

H 2535

S 767

S 1009

S 1013
Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
New JerseyA 3911

A 4111*

S 2602
*Passed June 2018. Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
New YorkA 11144

S 1282

S 7900

A 5438

A 10322

A 11225
Bills would broaden legalization of sports betting; last two would create a task force to study sports betting.Latest news
OklahomaH 3375

S 1175
Bills would legalize sports betting as part of tribal gaming package; "sports pools" language removed by amendment.Latest news
Rhode IslandS 2045

H 8320

H 7200*
*Passed June 2018. Bills would legalize sports betting; third is the state budget proposal.Latest news
South CarolinaH 3102Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
West VirginiaH 2751

S 106

S 415*

H 4396
*Passed March 2018. Bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
USH 783

H 4530
Bills would allow individual states to legalize sports betting.

2017 legislation

 

StateBill(s)SynopsisLatest News
CaliforniaACA 18Constitutional amendment would legalize sports betting in the state.Latest news
ConnecticutH 6948**Passed July 2017. Bill would allow regulators to prepare for legal sports betting, should state and federal law allow.Latest news
HawaiiH 927Bill would study legalization and regulation of gambling, including sports betting.Latest news
KentuckyB 155Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
MarylandH 989Bill would create a task force to study sports betting.Latest news
MichiganH 4060

H 4261

H 4926
Bills would legalize sports betting; first via referendum; second would allow parlay wagering; third would legalize online gambling.Latest news
MississippiH 967**Passed March 2017. Bill would allow state to regulate sports betting under fantasy sports law.Latest news
New JerseyS 3375Bill would repeal sports betting prohibition.Latest news
New YorkS 1282

A 5438
Bills would broaden legalization of sports betting.Latest news
OklahomaS 857Bill would legalize sports betting as part of tribal gaming package.Latest news
PennsylvaniaH 519

H 271*
*Passed Oct. 2017. Bills would legalize sports betting; first is standalone bill; second is part of omnibus gambling expansion package.Latest news
South CarolinaH 3102Bill would legalize sports betting and gambling.Latest news
West VirginiaH 2751Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
USH 783Bill would allow individual states to legalize sports betting.

2016 legislation

 

StateBill(s)SynopsisLatest News
CaliforniaA 1441Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
DelawareS 183Bill would expand existing sports betting lottery.Latest news
New JerseyBill became law in 2014; challenged in court.Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
New YorkS 940Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
PennsylvaniaHR 619Bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news

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Dustin Gouker
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