A dead initiative to make sports betting in casinos legal will be resurrected in Maryland next year.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the company that operates Maryland Live Casino & Hotel are now gathering the much needed support in order to put the sports betting agenda back to the General Assembly.
Coincidentally, the push comes at the period when the Supreme Court has finally taken cognizance of the appeal of New Jersey to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. The controversial federal law restricts legal sports betting to Nevada and a small number of other states.
Joe Weinberg, chief executive of Cordish Global Gaming, has thrown his support for legalize sports betting at Maryland’s six casinos while urging members of the Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight to start the discussions on the initiative.
If Weinberg successfully convince lawmakers to take up the issue, it is likely that a constitutional amendment will be included on next year’s general election ballot. Maryland’s law was explicit in saying that voters have the last say whether casinos may be able to offer sports betting.
But it seems like the lawmakers don’t share the same enthusiasm as Weinberg toward the idea of legal sports betting. Although the measure to allow sports betting in casinos will get a sponsor, Del. Frank Turner, the gaming committee’s House co-chair, isn’t sure it will pass next year.
“If we don’t move on it in ’18, we can move on it in ’20,” the Howard County Democrat said.
That’s why Weinberg issued a warning to legislators that the state may lose casino tax dollars from other states who are already preparing to legalize sports betting once the SC rules in favor of New Jersey’s case.
“If we wait for 100 percent clarity on federal law, we will be two to three years behind the surrounding states,” he said.
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