North Carolina’s sports wagering bill attracts bipartisan backers, faces long path in House

North Carolina’s sports wagering bill attracts bipartisan backers, faces long path in House

Article brief provided by WRAL-TV
  • Brian Murphy, WRAL-TV
March 14, 2023 8:22 PM
  • Brian Murphy, WRAL-TV

More than 40 percent of House lawmakers are backing new legislation to legalize mobile sports betting in North Carolina — a sign of broad, bipartisan support for an effort that failed in the last legislative session.

Among the lawmakers supporting the legislation: Democratic Leader Robert Reives, who voted against the bill last year.

Four primary sponsors this week introduced HB 347, which would permit gambling on professional, college, Olympic and electronic sports from devices located in the state as soon as Jan. 1. Dozens of additional sponsors, including Reives, have since signed onto the bill nearly evenly split among Republicans and Democrats.

“I’ve had a chance to talk to some people and because my concern was when we went into that vote, a lot of us didn’t know what we were voting on, who we were benefiting.” Reives told WRAL in January.