Earlier last week the Tennessee legislators had approved a bill to legalize online sports betting;the bill is pending official approval from Gov. Bill Lee. However, in a recent development on Tuesday, in an official statement from the governor’s office, it has been said that the bill could be enacted into law without the governor’s signature.
The new legislation is set to come into effect from July 1. Tennessee governor Bill Lee has been firm on his stand against any gambling expansion in the state. Earlier when the lawmakers approved the bill, the governor had said that his administration was working on the bill.
In a statement to the press on Tuesday, the Gov. Lee’s spokeswoman Laine Arnold said: “The governor has said he does not believe that the expansion of gambling is best, but he recognizes that many in the legislature found this to be an issue they want to explore further. He plans to let this become law without signature.”
The statement was issued after the senate voted 19-12 in favor of the bill on Tuesday.
With the new bill, Tennessee will join the league of other three US states, Montana, Iowa, and Indiana which are in the process of legalizing sports betting.
Following the US Supreme Court’s ruling last year, which legalized sports betting in the country and allowed states to regulate sports gambling in their jurisdictions, six US states have already legalized sports betting.
The proponents of the sports betting legislation have said that by regulating sports gambling the state will gain $50 million in tax revenues which will be spent on funding education and college scholarships.