Kentucky sports wagering bill passes committee
| By Lillian Walker
House Bill 551 entitled “an ACT relating to wagering and making an appropriation therefor” which aims to legalise sports betting in the state of Kentucky has passed committee and is set to be voted on in the House.
The bipartisan bill was introduced to the House on 22 February 2023 by Representative Michael Meredith (R) with the support of 15 other cosponsors.
It has passed through the House Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations after being reported favourably.
The bill is set to be voted on by the House floor today (13 March). It must pass in the House before moving on to the Senate.
Under this legislation, Kentucky racetracks would be able to partner with operators to offer both retail and online sports betting. Regulatory measures would be carried out by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
This bill reflects the awaited push for sports betting in the state that hosts the most popular racing event in the US.