North Carolina governor signs sports betting bill

The North Carolina tribe will launch sports betting.
The North Carolina tribe will launch sports betting.

Governor Roy Cooper has signed a bill to allow a North Carolina tribe to offer sports betting at its two casinos in the state.

US.- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has reasons to celebrate, as Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill that allows the North Carolina tribe to offer sports betting at its two casinos.

The legislative piece had passed both chambers with major support but needed the signature.

Legislative approval

The General Assembly of North Carolina gave final approval to the measure earlier this month.

Under this bill, the North American federally recognised tribe is eligible to offer these types of betting. The House voted 90-27 in favour that had already cleared the Senate three months ago.

Recently, Eastern Band Principal Chief Richard Sneed said in an interview that sports betting would provide more amenities at the tribe’s Harrah’s casinos in Murphy and Cherokee, North Carolina, and said that they’re big money-makers.

“People are excited about it, (especially) for a lot of folks that haven’t done sports betting besides office pools,” Sneed said. “We’re just excited to be able to offer it” if it becomes law, he added.

North Carolina to create gambling commission

The House of Representatives of North Carolina has voted in favour of creating a gaming commission. The state body would assume responsibility for regulating the industry and was included in bill HB929.

Lawmakers proposed a nine-member North Carolina Gaming Commission to take over state lottery commission’s duties and powers. It will also take over those that oversee non-profit bingo and raffles.

According to the Associated Press, HB929 didn’t include other gaming-related proposals besides the North Carolina gaming commission. For instance, fantasy sports regulations were not included. Nonetheless, they are already pushing for a study on sports betting legalisation to be conducted by the new gaming commission.

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