North Carolina Lawmakers Still Chewing On Bill Calling For Sports Betting Study

A piece of legislation to establish a North Carolina Gaming Commission, a new regulatory body that would be required to conduct a study of sports wagering, was sent to a conference committee on Tuesday to hash out the final details of the nine-page proposal.

Lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday morning to briefly talk about some lingering issues with the legislation, S 574. In May, the bill cleared the Senate by a 44-1 vote, and in mid-July it passed the House by an 86-26 vote. It’s on the cusp of heading to the governor.

The Senate and House are trying to iron out a final version of the legislation. The discrepancy is over an amendment the House passed related to the interplay between a new North Carolina Gaming Commission and another existing state agency. The hold-up on the legislation is not related to the sports betting study component of the historic legislative proposal.

Late last month, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed a measure to allow two tribal casinos in the western side of the state to have retail-only sports betting. The North Carolina Gaming Commission would be tasked with studying the potential of bringing sports betting statewide through online/mobile books. That’s a much more lucrative opportunity for the state.

Many in North Carolina are aware that illegal sports betting is currently happening statewide.