Indiana Sports Betting
In January 2018, the legislature introduced a bill legalizing sports betting in anticipation of a favorable decision by the Supreme Court in the case filed by New Jersey that sought to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) as unconstitutional. Lawmakers said after the May 2018 Supreme Court decision that sports betting likely wouldn't become legal in the state until 2019 at the earliest.
In October 2018, a legislative study committee unanimously recommended that the 2019 General Assembly consider legalized and regulated sports betting in the state. The majority of the General Assembly's Interim Study Committee on Public Policy appeared to favor allowing sports bets to be placed using a secure mobile phone application.
In April 2019, conflicting versions of a sports betting bill passed. The Senate bill authorized statewide mobile wagering, but opposition in the House nearly killed the bill. The lower chamber eventually passed it as a retail-only measure, and the Senate rejected that change. The conference committee was able to hammer out the details of a compromise between the two versions, and both houses passed the bill the evening of 24 April 2019. Gov. Holcomb signed the bill on 8 May. Several sportsbooks, including ones at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg and Ameristar East Chicago, began accepting sports betting wagers on 1 September.
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