CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sports betting is close to becoming legal in New Hampshire.

The House voted Thursday to accept the Senate’s minor changes to a bill that would legalize betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who supports it.

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The Senate changed the bill’s effective date so that the regulatory system could be in place early next year. Both mobile and retail gambling would be allowed, producing an estimated $7.5 million for education in fiscal year 2021, and $13.5 million two years later.

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Supporters argue legalization will bring black market activity to the surface and provide support for problem gamblers through a new Council for Responsible Gambling. Opponents argue it continues the state’s reliance on problematic revenue sources.

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