Could be useful if Kentucky legislature legalizes sports wagering during 2019 session
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May 2018 that states could decide for themselves whether to allow gambling on sports, a decision based on a challenge from New Jersey. Since then, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia legalized sports betting. District of Columbia lawmakers also voted to allow it, though the measure is still under review. Additionally, casinos run by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as well as the Pueblo of Santa Ana in New Mexico began offering sports betting.
That is likely to expand in 2019. Experts tracking the industry say they expect 30 states to consider bills during legislative sessions this year.
Lawmakers in Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia already have filed bills to allow sports betting. Additionally, two U.S. senators introduced a bill at the end of 2018 proposing federal regulation of sports betting.
In the Kentucky legislature, there is at least one bill — Senate Bill 23, sponsored by Sen. and former Governor Julian Carroll — that would legalize sports wagering.
Beyond the central question of whether to allow sports gambling, legislative debate on the issue generally focuses on how much to tax the bets, who can be licensed to offer the wagers and whether bets can be accepted online. States have taken different approaches and therefore have markets that may look very different from one another. Rhode Island, for example, taxes sports betting at 51 percent and requires gamblers to be physically present in one of two casinos to make wagers. Nevada has a tax rate of 6.75 percent and accepts sports bets online from people who are physically within state borders.