Seven states with 2021 sports betting hopes began their respective legislative sessions last week. Six more have kicked off their sessions in the past few days.
Here is what to expect from the latest group of sports betting hopefuls as they begin their legislative work for 2021:
- Date Started: Jan. 13
- Date Ending: By April 12, 2021
What to Expect: Maryland retail and online sports betting legislation passing is a safe bet in 2021. The key questions are how and when.
2021 Outlook: After voters overwhelmingly backed a sports betting constitutional amendment in November, lawmakers now must pass key regulatory, taxation and access rules before wagering can begin. Elected officials will also consider how many licenses will be allotted to state gaming interest and, as directed by a 2020 bill, how to ensure minority stakeholder participation in the upcoming sports betting market.
Despite the challenges, Maryland sports betting is set to pass in 2021 and legal wagering could begin before the end of the year.
- Date Started: Jan. 12
- Date Ending: By March 29, 2021
What to Expect: South Dakota voters also approved legal sports betting in the 2020 elections, setting up lawmakers to answer key follow-up regulatory questions before wagering can begin. The biggest decisions surround mobile wagering, but preliminary legislation makes it seem that issue may already be resolved.
2021 Outlook: The state constitution permits gambling exclusively within the historic gaming community of Deadwood (and, by a separate tribal agreement, sovereign Native