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Kate Barrington  |  Fri 14th Jun   | Industry
  • North Carolina is progressing with sports betting
  • New Hampshire sends bill to governor office
  • U.S. sports betting total handle increases

North Carolina and New Hampshire are both pushing ahead with bills that are on the cups of legalizing sports betting activities in the states.

No Fantasy Sports Betting in North Carolina

The House Committee in North Carolina has successfully cleaned a new draft bill that would see the creation of a new regulatory body to oversee the state lottery, boxing, bingo, and raffles activities in the state.

However, the House voted against a daily fantasy sports betting amendment, removing all language enabling the activity from the proposed legislation.

The decision came on Thursday, June 13, when the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in favor of the creation of the North Carolina Gaming Commission. This decision came only a week after a previous attempt to push DFS through legislation failed.

For lawmakers, the main contentious point came from the fact that authors tried to state that DFS contests didn’t represent a form of gambling. The newly-proposed body would be merged with the existing State Lottery watchdog providing that the next Committee clears the legislation.

New Hampshire Votes in Favor of Sports Betting

On Thursday, June 13, the New Hampshire House voted proposed changes by the Senate for a sports betting legislation that would enable sports betting and Division I college sports. The bill is now headed to the office of NH Gov. Chris Sununu who will have to give his nod of approval before the bill may continue. Attempts to legalize sports betting in the state have taken one year.

New Hampshire’s proposed betting bill is expansive and it enables both mobile and retail gambling activities. As per the timeline set out by the bill, the first sports bets will be accepted in 2020. The bill’s authors also estimate that sports betting in NH could contribute up to $7.5 million to education in the state in the fiscal 2021. This forecast is set at $13.5 million two years after that.

Wagering on games involving NH will not be allowed and a new Council for Responsible Gambling will be set up to help fight gambling addiction among spots bettors and fans.

HB 480 was originally introduced in January and signed by Rep. Timothy Lang. However, the approval process demanded a number of amendments which were finally settled with the Thursday vote. Gov. Sununu.

Kate Barrington