North Carolina sports betting bill heads to House after clearing Senate

| By Robert Fletcher
A bill aiming to legalise online and retail sports betting in North Carolina will progress to the state’s House of Representatives after being voted through by the Senate.

Senate Bill 688 (SB 688), which was introduced in April this year, would allow sports betting across both online and retail, though online wagering would only be permitted at or close to sports venues in the state.

Having already cleared a second reading vote this week, the Senate yesterday (August 19) voted to approve the bill 26-19 with five absentees at a third reading, clearing the way for it to move forward to the state’s House for further discussion.

The bill passed with only minor amendments, one of which clarified rules surrounding online betting limitations.

Should SB 688 come into law, players would be able to place bets either online or in person, but only at, or within half a mile of, sports facilities or other property owned by owners of these facilities.

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