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State Lawmaker Pushing To Legalize Sports Betting In Indiana

Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil), as a guest on 93 WIBC's "Hammer and Nigel Show", says he has researched the laws that allow sports betting in Nevada and New Jersey.

INDIANAPOLIS -- After the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law in May that banned sports betting in all but four states, a state representative wants Indiana to legalize it in 2019.

Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil), as a guest on 93 WIBC's "Hammer and Nigel Show", says he has researched the laws that allow sports betting in Nevada, New Jersey, Montana, Delaware and Oregon, and has looked into pending legislation in states such as Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Mississippi.

"We just need to take some parts of what other states have done and make it work for Indiana and I think we can get it up and running," says Rep. Morrison.

Increasing the state's revenue through gaming is the main reason Rep. Morrison says he'd like to see sports betting legalized in Indiana.

"Indiana is the fourth largest gaming revenue state in the country," says Rep. Morrison.  "I think it'd be very important to put together something that works and get it up and going so this time next year we're talking about which sports book you're going toto put your butt down for the Super Bowl."

Rep. Morrison says he likes his odds of getting a bill passed in the 2019 legislative session.

"If I were a betting man, I'd say put your money on it happening," says Morrison.  "I think we're going to get it through."

 

Photo: Getty Images / Dominick Reuter

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