Democrats unveiled a plan Tuesday to legalize sports betting in Minnesota that they say will garner enough support to pass despite previous Republican skepticism.
“Last year, legalized sports betting passed the House with a bipartisan majority, but stalled out in the Senate,” said Zach Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, the chief sponsor of the bill in the House. “We are back this year and intend to finish the job.”
Under Stephenson’s bill, which will be heard in House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Minnesota’s nine Native American tribes would operate sports wagering at their casinos across the state as well as online, likely through partnerships with large smartphone gambling companies. Minnesota’s major professional sports teams also back the bill, Stephenson said.