MA amendments double betting tax and add ilottery

28 July 2020

The Massachusetts legislature has amended sports wagering bill put forward last week, adding provisions to legalize online lotteries, but doubling the tax rate for online betting.

Last week, a new economic development package bill was introduced in the state’s legislature, including a section aimed at legalizing sports wagering in the state.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, H.4879 is designed to enable “partnerships for growth” in Massachusetts, setting out a host of proposed measures including the Massachusetts Sports Wagering Act, which would legalize online, mobile and land-based sports betting in the state.

A series of new amendments to the bill have been consolidated and adopted by the House in a 157-1 vote, including an amendment to also legalize online lottery sales.

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