A bill in the Ohio Senate sets up legal sports betting in casinos, racinos and other places with video lottery terminals, Cleveland reports.
Senate Bill 111 is sponsored by Sens. John Eklund, a Geauga County Republican, and Sean O’Brien, a Bazetta Democrat.
Several states have beaten Ohio, and have legalized sports wagers months ago. However, Eklund said Thursday he’s not in a rush. He wants to get the law right, he said.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re first or last,” he said. “The object is to be the best.”
Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, who has the power to usher bills quickly through the legislative process or slow them down, has said he doesn’t think the legislature has the power to regulate sports betting.