Even after Governor Charlie Baker projected the launch of legalized sports betting in the year mid of 2020, the chances look dicey. The news came out from a renowned legislator leading the issue.
Rhode Island has already legalized it, while New Hampshire is planning to begin on Monday. Amidst all the states embracing the deal, Massachusetts might not witness it anytime soon. The legislative body of New Hampshire passed the bill on June 19th, 2019. Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts are in the line of states that introduced recent bills that are yet to be passed. Baker said that it is only a matter of time when Massachusetts is among the states legalizing a prominent trend.
Baker informed that the legalization is taking longer than expected by saying:
I certainly hope we get this done by the end of… June of 2020, but I would like to have seen it done sooner to tell you the truth.
In an interview on Monday on a show, the governor emphasized the future of sports betting legalization in Massachusetts.
We actually filed legislation to create legalized sports betting in Massachusetts, we filed that back in January. We filed that in large part because we already had some templates. The state of New Jersey was the first to go, and we basically borrowed their template as kind of our framework for the legislation that we filed and added a couple of things to it,
And we now have states around us that have done this as well in the Northeast, so I mean this is going to be a thing I think pretty much everywhere, and our view was that we should get on with the show.
He said that the legislature did hold a hearing regarding that this spring. He also informed that there weren’t many people who testified it and the ones who did were primarily concerned about their private interests.
Baker then spoke regarding the significance of legalizing sports betting, saying that it would avoid the necessity of traveling across states to do the sports betting on events.
That is a really good point. There are several others in the Northeast that have done it, and I think after the Supreme Court decision, this is something that you’re probably going to see in most states.