The proposal ultimately will require 33 votes on final reading because the addition of some gambling provisions moves beyond the language contained in the casino gambling constitutional amendment approved by the voters at the 2020 election. The bill received 37 votes on first-round approval.
If approved, said horse racing tracks would be permitted to open retail sportsbooks and take sports bets. However, it should be noted that the final bill does not include online sports betting for the state and would only allow in-person sports betting inside brick-and-mortar sportsbooks reported Saturday Tradition.
Furthermore, lawmakers voted down an amendment included in the bill that would have legalized online Keno in the state.