The House of Delegates approved a bill to establish a sports gaming industry in Maryland on Thursday, with little discussion or opposition.
House Bill 940, sponsored by House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), passed the chamber 130-9 and moves on to the Senate.
The bill would allow in-person sports wagering at 22 locations including the state’s six casinos, professional sports venues, the Maryland Jockey Club, the State Fairgrounds and the Riverboat on the Potomac in Charles County. The 10 remaining in-person licenses would be awarded through competitive bids administered by the State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, which could consider any “remedial measures” necessary to advantage minority- and women-owned businesses.
Fifteen mobile licenses are included in the bill for companies that want to accept bets on phones and other devices.