A bill to allow legal sports betting in Maryland will head to Governor Larry Hogan after passing both of the state’s legislative houses.
Senate Bill 4 – introduced by Craig Zucker – was approved on Tuesday (17 March) by the state House of Representatives after new amendments from the House Committee on Ways and Means were added to the bill.
The House then voted 129-3 for the bill’s passage and the amended version was then passed by the Senate unanimously yesterday. An earlier version of the bill was also approved unanimously by the Senate on 11 March.
The House Committee’s amendments set the question for an upcoming referendum on the bill if it receives gubernatorial assent. The question would read: “Do you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland to authorize sports and event betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education?”