At least 30 states, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut, now allow gamblers to place legal bets on sports. The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize it back in May 2018.READ MORE: NH's Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health To Require COVID-19 Vaccinations For All Employees
The current House bill would allow casinos, slots parlors and horse racing tracks to apply for licenses to take in person wagers. They could also have up to three mobile sports betting platforms.READ MORE: Barack Obama's 60th Birthday Party On Martha's Vineyard 'Not A Good Idea,' Baker Says
All bettors would have to be at least 21 years old and be physically present in Massachusetts.
In-person bets would be taxed at 12.5 percent and mobile wagers at 15 percent.MORE NEWS: 'Significant Number' Of Dead Ducks Reported In Merrimack River
If the legislation passes the House and state Senate, it would have to be signed by Governor Charlie Baker. Baker has filed his own bill, which he says would raise an estimated $35 million in local aid. It would not allow college sports betting. The House bill would allow it.