Washington sports betting bill clears House
The Washington House of Representatives has voted through a bill that would legalize land-based and online sports betting in the state, with the tribal-focused legislation now set to move forward to the Senate.
House Bill 2638 cleared the House by a vote of 83-14, and is now with the Senate Labour and Commerce Committee for further debate and discussion.
The bill, along with its companion Senate Bill 6394, would permit in-person sports wagering at tribal casinos and cardrooms, as well as mobile on-premises betting.
Players would, according to the legislation, be able to bet on any professional sports or athletics event, as well as collegiate sports, the Olympic Games and other international competitions.
While the current version of the bill does include language related to licence fees and tax rates, it does not set out how much operators would pay should it come into effect.