Tennessee House OKs sports betting bill, clearing key hurdle

Posted at 1:22 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 20:05:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee bill to allow sports betting has passed the House, a key hurdle in a state that has been historically hesitant to expand gambling.

The House cleared legislation Wednesday to allow and regulate statewide mobile and interactive sports gambling, without brick-and-mortar betting locations. It still requires Senate votes.

Proponents said sports betting is already happening illegally, and the bill would create order, regulation and revenue. Several Republican opponents argued the bill would fuel addiction.

Previously asked about it, Republican Gov. Bill Lee has said he opposes expanded gambling, but his administration sometimes works to align legislation more with his views.

Montana, Iowa and Indiana are nearing decisions on sports betting. They would join six others that made the change last year after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it nationwide.