A bill to legalize sports betting at tribal gaming venues could soon be headed to Governor Roy Cooper should it pass a vote in the state’s House of Representatives later today (July 11).
Senate Bill 154, which would allow legal wagering at Class III tribal gaming facilities, has now passed two House committees in quick succession.
Yesterday (July 10) it passed through the Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House Committee, having been reported favorably from the Commerce Committee a day earlier.
After being filed in February this year, it was passed by the North Carolina Senate with 43 votes in favour and seven against.
The returns to the state under the legislation are yet to be decided, with the tribal operators required to negotiate a new gaming compact with the North Carolina legislature under the terms of SB154.
Currently it would only see wagering rolled out by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, which operates two venues permitted to offer Class III gaming in the state.