Montana has become the 10th US state to legalize sports betting. On Friday, State Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 25 and HB 725 into law which called for legalizing sports betting in the state.
9 US states have already legalized sports betting following the US Supreme Court’s order to repeal the federal ban (PASPA) in May 2018. After the decision, the US states were allowed to legalize sports betting in their jurisdiction.
Other states which have legalized sports betting are Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, and Connecticut. Arkansas, New York, and Connecticut are yet to start sports betting operations. Also, few more states like Iowa, Louisiana, and Colorado are in the process of legalizing sports betting.
The bill to legalize sports betting was introduced by Sen. Mark Blasdel and Rep. Ryan Lynch. While they were confident that the house would approve it, the bill did not see any hurdle in getting signed officially by the state governor.
Earlier at Casino.buzz we had reported that lawmakers in Montana Legislative assembly discussed the bill that proposes to allow sports betting in clubs and bars that also have a liquor license.
Both the bills have a different approach to sports betting, but they do not contradict each other. Therefore, the lawmakers had no problem approving the bill, and the governor could sign it without hesitation.
According to the new sports gambling law, wagering on both pro and college level sports events will be legal in the state. The new law also allows for online betting and betting on mobile devices and Apps.
The legal age for sports betting is 18 years. Montana is expecting a significant boost in gaming revenues by legalizing sports betting.