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Arizona sports betting bill passes third reading

| By Conor Mulheir
Arizona House Bill 2772 to legalise sports betting has passed its third reading in the state’s House of Representatives, by 48 votes in favour to 12 against.
Arizona legalises sports betting

The Bill, which was introduced by Rep Jeff Weninger in early February, was approved by the House Committee of the Whole yesterday (March 4), allowing it to pass onto its third reading. It passed its second reading on February 4.

It made further progress in late February, as it was approved by the chamber’s Republican and Democratic caucuses, after being passed by the House Commerce Committee by a 9-1 margin.

HB 2772 would allow consumers in the state to bet sports, at tribal casinos, at venues owned by major league sports teams and online.

In addition, the bill would add limited Keno games at off-track betting locations and social clubs and allow for paid fantasy sports.

Another bill in the state’s Senate, SB 1797, also progressed in February after passing the Senate Commerce Committee by 6 votes to 3.

SB 1797 is currently pending approval from the Arizona Senate Rules Committee.

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