Multiple bills to legalize sports betting in Vermont failed last year, but their sponsors are back again in 2021.
Lead sponsor Sen. Dick Sears and co-sponsors Sen. Michael Sirotkin, Sen. Christopher Pearson and Sen. Richard Westman filed S 77 last week. The bill would authorize VT sports betting through the lottery and allow up to six mobile sportsbook operators.
Sears and Sirotkin filed a mobile-only betting bill last year but it never received a committee hearing. Sirotkin also sponsored a bill to create a sports betting study committee, though that eventually died after passing the Senate, without a House committee hearing.
S 77 is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs.