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Mississippi lawmaker tries once again to legalise online sports betting

A Mississippi lawmaker has filed a bill that would permit operators in the state to accept online sports bets, the fourth such attempt to legalise the vertical.

Representative Cedric Burnett introduced House Bill 184, which would amend the Mississippi Code to allow a “digital platform” to also accept sports wagers, on 4 January when the 2022 legislative session opened.

This platform would be defined as a sports betting or racing operation that takes bets via the internet.

Mississippi’s existing land-based licensees may be permitted to offer online sports betting themselves, or an online operator may take bets on behalf of a licensee. The bill did not provide clear details on the number of operators that a licensee may partner with, but given that it specifies that “an operator” can partner with a licensee, this could be limited at one.