Senate Committee Chair Will Give Hearing To Sports Betting Bill

May 16, 2018

A key Senate committee chair says legislation to legalize sports betting in Indiana will get a hearing next session.

That comes after this week’s Supreme Court decision that allows states to authorize such wagering.

Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) wrote a bill this year that would have legalized sports wagering if, say, the Supreme Court sanctioned it in all 50 states. It didn’t even get a hearing. But now, Morrison says he’s hopeful for progress. And a study committee will devote time to the topic.

Morrison says he wants to hear from every stakeholder.

“The gaming association and the properties – the casinos and racinos – to Hoosier citizens to the major sports leagues, the NCAA,” Morrison says.

The Senate Public Policy Committee governs gaming legislation in that chamber. Chair Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) says he’ll give a hearing to a bill next year to legalize sports betting.

“It’s the green light," Alting says. "You either get on board or you sit on the sidelines.”

Alting and Morrison say they anticipate neighboring states will move forward with sports wagering.