US Sports Betting Bill Tracker
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Legislative Tracker: Sports Betting

States can now officially legal 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 ramped up in the US recent years, and that interest is sure to increase on the heels of the Supreme Court decision.

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

The current climate for sports betting legislation

The push for legal sports gambling got a boost as the New Jersey sports betting case gained some traction in 2017. The US Supreme Court heard the case late in 2017 and rendered a decision in 2018.

The win for New Jersey mean other states could legalize sports betting, should they choose to do so. That prospect has generated interest in several state capitols.

Some states have already started moving to change their laws with enacted legislation that either legalize wagering or set the stage to do so:

OregonDelaware and Rhode Island also appear to be readying for sports betting through their lotteries.

Current sports betting bills

Here is a look at bills related to sports betting in the United States:

  • Enacted law or existing law/regulations
  • Study bill
  • Introduced legislative effort in 2017 or 2018
StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisLatest News
CaliforniaACA 18The constitutional amendment would legalize sports betting in the state, if federal law is changed to allow it.Latest news
ConnecticutH 5307

S 540
The bill would legalize and regulate sports wagering.Latest news
IllinoisH 4214

H 5186

S 7

S 2478

S 3125

S 3432
The bills would legalize sports wagering at existing gaming facilities.Latest news
IndianaS 405

H 1325
The bills would legalize sports wagering at existing gaming facilities.Latest news
IowaH 2448The bill would legalize sports wagering.Latest news
KansasH 2533

H 2752

H 2792

H 2793

S 455
The bills would legalize sports betting via the lottery and/or race tracks.Latest news
KentuckyBR 29

BR 155

H 536
The bills would legalize and regulate sports bettingLatest news
LouisianaH 245

S 266
The bills would legalize and regulate sports betting via a referendum.Latest news
MarylandS 836

HB 1346

HB 1014
The bills would legalize and regulate sports betting via a referendum.Latest news
MassachusettsS 2273The bill would study the legalization and regulation of sports betting.Latest news
MichiganH 4060

H 4261

H 4926
The first bill would legalize sports betting via a referendum. The second would allow for parlay wagering. The final bill would legalize online sports betting, casino games and poker.Latest news
MississippiH 1113

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

H 2406

H 2535

S 767

S 1009

S 1013
The bills would legalize and regulate sports betting.Latest news
New JerseyA 3911

A 4111

S 2602
The bills would legalize sports betting at casinos and horse racing tracks.Latest news
New YorkA 11144

S 1282

S 7900

A 5438

A 10322

A 11225
The bills would legalize sports betting. (New York legalized sports betting at its commercial casinos via a referendum previously.) The last two bills would create a task force to study sports betting.Latest news
OhioS 316The placeholder bill indicates intentions to legalize sports betting.Latest news
OklahomaH 3375

S 1175
Language that would legalize "sports pools" was amended out of both bills.Latest news
Rhode IslandS 2045

H 8320

H 7200
The first two bills would legalize sports betting. The second bill is the state budget proposal, which includes similar provisions.Latest news
South CarolinaH 3102The bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
West VirginiaH 2751

S 106

S 415

H 4396
Law passed March 2018 to legalize and regulate sports betting.Latest news
USH 783

H 4530
The bills would allow individual states to legalize sports betting.

Previous sports betting bills

Here’s a rundown of legislation introduced prior to 2017:

2017

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisLatest News
CaliforniaACA 18The constitutional amendment would legalize sports betting in the state, if federal law is changed to allow it.Latest news
ConnecticutH 6948(Passed July 2017) The bill would allow regulators to prepare for legal sports betting, should state and federal law allow.Latest news
HawaiiH 927The bill studies the future of gaming in Hawaii, sports betting includedLatest news
KentuckyB 155The bill would allow for sports betting to be regulated by the state horse racing commission, should federal law allowLatest news
MarylandH 989The bill sets up a task force to study sports betting.Latest news
MichiganH 4060

H 4261

H 4926
The first bill would legalize sports betting via a referendum. The second would allow for parlay wagering. The final bill would legalize online sports betting, casino games and poker.Latest news
MississippiH 967(Passed 2017) As part of a fantasy sports law, language allows the state to regulate sports betting should federal law allow.Latest news
New JerseyS 3375The bill would repeal the state's prohibition on sports bettingLatest news
New YorkS 1282

A 5438
The bills would legalize sports betting. (New York legalized sports betting at its commercial casinos via a referendum previously.Latest news
OklahomaS 857The bill would authorize sports betting as a part of a larger package related to tribal gaming.Latest news
PennsylvaniaH 519

H 271
(Passed Oct. 2017) The second bill -- an omnibus gaming package -- would legalize sports betting if federal law allows it.Latest news
South CarolinaH 3102The bill would legalize casino gambling and sports betting.Latest news
West VirginiaH 2751The bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
USH 783The bill would allow individual states to legalize sports betting.

2016

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisStatus Of Bill / Latest News
CaliforniaA 1441The bill would legalize sports betting in the state, if federal law is changed to allow it.Introduced in September 2015. Latest news.
DelawareS 183The bill would expand the state's parlay card offerings online.Introduced in January 2016.
New JerseyBill became law in 2014, but is pending a legal challenge.The bill allows sports betting in the state at casinos and racetracks.The law is not in effect, as a court injunction has held up implementation. The case is being appealed. Latest news.
New YorkS 940The bill would legalize sports betting.The bill was introduced in 2016 and referred to the attorney general for an opinion. No further action was taken.
PennsylvaniaHR 619The bill would legalize and regulate sports betting in the state.The bill passed a committee hearing in 2016.

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Dustin Gouker
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