he House voted 269-82 to send the bill to the Senate. Meanwhile, House leaders said they also will likely incorporate the provisions into their proposed state budget, creating multiple tracks for the legislation, which has the backing of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.
The bill would legalize betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools. Under the supervision and regulation of the state’s Lottery Commission, both mobile and retail gambling would be allowed, producing an estimated $7.5 million for education in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5 million two years later.Supporters argued legalizing sports betting will bring black-market activity to the surface and provide support for problem gamblers through a new organization focused on education, prevention and treatment.
Seven states joined Nevada and legalized sports betting last year after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May ended Nevada’s monopoly, and lawmakers in at least 22 states are considering legislation this year.
Opponents in New Hampshire argue sports betting would continue the state’s reliance on problematic revenue sources, and that the new council would further strain the state’s already insufficient mental health workforce.