Schiavoni will introduce legislation to legalize and regulate sports betting at casinos and racinos


COLUMBUS

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni said he will soon introduce legislation to legalize and regulate sports betting at casinos and racinos in Ohio.

“Since states are now permitted to allow sports betting, Ohio should take advantage of the opportunity to drive revenue growth,” said Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd. “As Republicans in our state keep pushing tax cuts, we have to find other ways to provide adequate funding for our local governments and education, both of which have been woefully underfunded.”

Under Schiavoni’s plan, much of the sports-betting revenue would go to local governments and school districts.

“Our local communities don’t have the budgets to fill pothole-riddled streets and schools are either forced to cut essential programs or put levies on the ballot,” he said. “This bill will help address some of these funding issues.”

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