North Carolina Sports Betting Bill Clears Third Committee In Two Days

North Carolina’s sports betting bill is making incredibly fast progress. The proposed legislation just made its way through its third committee hearing in two days.

Judiciary 1 is the latest committee to consider House Bill 347, which would legalize North Carolina sports betting. The group voted 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon to approve the bill during its meeting.

Judiciary gives the thumbs up

Wednesday was a busy day for HB 347. The bill passed through the House Finance Committee on Wednesday morning before making its way to the Judiciary 1 Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

The Judiciary meeting was a win for the sports betting bill despite some hurdles to clear.

Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, introduced five amendments to the bill during the hearing. They would have accomplished the following tasks:

  1. Removing parimutuel horse and greyhound racing from the bill;
  2. Raising fines for online sportsbooks from $10,000 to $1 million, plus adding a three-strike policy for violators;
  3. Making it illegal for sports betting advertisements to air on school grounds, including universities;
  4. Raising the sportsbook license fee from $1 million to $10 million for a five-year license;
  5. Removing college sports betting and Olympics betting from the bill.

Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, the sports betting bill’s main sponsor, agreed that greyhound racing should be removed from the bill. He noted there’s already a plan to make that official next week. Harrison withdrew her first amendment because of that.

Harrison’s other four amendments all failed.

Her fifth amendment was the second attempt by a lawmaker to remove college sports betting from the bill. College sports betting has been a contentious issue, despite college wagering being available in most states with legal sports betting industries.

North Carolina sports betting soaring through House

North Carolina’s sports betting bill is clearing the House of Representatives at a breakneck pace.

The bill will be in front of its fourth committee, Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House, on March 28.

Assuming that hearing goes off without a hitch, the bill would head to the full House floor for its second reading later that day. That would tee up a third reading and full House vote March 29.

The bill is making its way through the statehouse at an incredible pace. March 29’s House vote would send the bill to the state Senate for its next batch of hearings. Considering that House bills have until May 29 to cross over to the Senate, the sports betting bill seems ahead of schedule.

Things might move just as quickly in the next chamber, but there’s no way to know. At the very least, sports betting hopefuls can feel confident now that the bipartisan bill is cruising through the House.

News Update: In June 2023, Governor Roy Cooper officially signed online sports betting legislation into law. Anticipated to debut in the first half of 2024, legal sportsbooks are poised to offer a plethora of enticing NC online sports betting promotions and sign-up bonuses to eager state bettors. Visit our exclusive promotions page to find out more.

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Jake Garza

Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.