Lawmakers Sneaky Gamble To Legalize Sports Betting Could Pay Off

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 30th, 2018 at 2:40 pm

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Gambling Code Change In 2017 Legislative Session Passed Without Debate.  


Bills to undo this year what was characterized as a mistake last year all died in committee while state officials remained quiet.

U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule as early as next week (or as late as June 25) on whether states can allow sports betting.

If it rules they can allow it, Mississippi is, to borrow the words of former state House Gaming Chairman Bobby Moak, “ready to run the ponies.”

In a move that still astounds me, state lawmakers in 2017 sneakily legalized sports betting without most folks realizing it.

And in a move that further astounds me, they didn’t come back this year and undo it.

This undermines any arguments that legalizing it was just an oops or a scrivener’s error. Bills to undo or postpone legalized sports betting died in committee this session without a peep from the leadership.

READ: Will Mississippi have sports wagering in casinos by football season? Don’t bet against it