New Hampshire is approaching the next US state with legalized sports betting.
Legislators tell in every chamber Legal sports report that the senate will pass a sports betting law with at least one amendment on Wednesday.
the House Already passed H 480but it must return to its chamber of origin to approve the changes before going to the governor’s desk.
“I assume the House of Representatives will approve the Senate and it will happen,” said Rep Timothy Lang, the author of the bill. “If it goes to a conference committee, I expect they’ll work it out, but I honestly believe they’ll just come to an agreement in plenary and be done.”
Number of mobile phone providers clarified
the Committee on Means and Ways recommended a change that would limit the number of mobile operators to five. In addition to establishing an appropriate limit for the small state, the amendment also serves to clarify that several operators are permitted.
According to Lang, a wording error in the draft law made the “intermediary” unique in the following clause on mobile sports betting: “The commission and its intermediary are authorized to operate a sports betting”.
Lang was assured that the language has not prevented several cellular providersbut welcomes the amendment to avoid confusion.
“The upper limit of five clearly defines that it is not a monopoly company,” said Lang.
Other possible NH sports betting changes
Senator Bob Giuda suggests changes at Lang’s request.
One change would be the New Hampshire State Lottery the scope to change the upper limits for sports betting in retail (10) and mobile network operators by setting rules.
Another would be the authorization for Rank 2 Betting at stationary locations. the Committee on Ways and Means of the House previously removed language that allows such bets, including: Betting in the game, at retail. These types of bets would still be allowed via mobile phone.
These seem like common sense changes, but they can get caught up in politics.
Lang and Giuda are both Republicans, while the Senate is mostly Democrats. At least two Democrats would have to vote for the amendments for them to be adopted.
“The likelihood that his amendments will be passed is not great because they are Republican recommendations,” said Lang. “That depends on politics. I don’t know if they’ll vote on the party line or get the Democrats to be sensible. “
Bill could go to the governor this month
According to Lang, the House of Representatives could approve the amended bill at the earliest: 30th May. If it is not on the calendar for that day, he expects it to be the following Thursday.
Lang noted that the Chairman of the House Ways and Means would recommend whether to approve the Senate’s changes. This could be problematic if the changes are incorporated by Giuda as it is the same committee that removed tier 2 betting and put the retail cap in place in the first place.
Chair Susan Almy Even tends to lean against gambling add-ons in the state.
However, Lang believes the House will agree and Governor Chris Sununu will sign when the bill reaches his desk. You have already recorded $ 10 million from sports betting in the two-year state budget.
“I think Ways and Means is more in love with money,” Lang said. “These are minor changes and you need to give the Senate a chance to put their fingerprint on them.”
The Senate is in session at the time of writing.