Lawmakers are in talks to include commercial casinos and VLTs in the 2023 budget bill, creating a wave of new legal gambling options in NC.
North Carolinians are one stroke of the pen away from being allowed to bet legally on the Panthers, Hurricanes, Tar Heels and Blue Devils.
Representatives in the House voted, 68-41, on Tuesday to approve changes made to the North Carolina sports betting bill by the Senate.
The NC Senate amended HB 347 to allow sports betting lounges at pro sports facilities so patrons can place cash bets during sporting events.
A Senate amendment to the North Carolina sports betting bill added legal online pari-mutuel horse race betting to the legislation.
North Carolina is on the cusp of legal online sports betting. The Senate sent the industry’s future back to the House by passing HB 347.
The NC Senate passed House Bill 347 on its second reading. A final vote will occur Thursday before it returns to the House for concurrence.
House Bill 347 advanced Tuesday through two legislative committees en route to the NC Senate floor, but not without more alterations.
A bill to legalize video lottery terminals, seen as a solution to illegal gaming machines in NC, received a House hearing this week.
NC sports betting legislation began its trek in the state Senate on Wednesday when an amended bill received a favorable committee vote.