A bill is being introduced this week to legalize sports betting in Minnesota. Democrat Karla Bigham will author the bill in the Senate and Republican Pat Garofalo will carry the bill in the House. Political Insider Blois Olson says it’s hard to say if the bill will get any traction during this legislative session, but he does think it has broad support, with the pieces already in place to make it happen:
“Couple of considerations, one is the state can do this through the lottery, maybe through the horse tracks the state already regulates. One of the questions is what interest do the tribal casinos have in sports betting? They’ve been relatively quiet but my sense is they would have an interest.”
Two of Minnesota’s neighbors, Iowa and South Dakota, offer sports betting and Olson says Minnesotans are already gambling on sports online:
“The real truth is it’s online already and so offshore betting on sports is very popular through apps and the web. It’s already happening in Minnesota. So can Minnesota gain a little income or revenue if they legalize sports betting here in Minnesota.”
Currently, 25 states and Washington D.C. have allowed some form of sports betting.