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NC sports betting bill likely to get full Senate votes this week

Committee advances amended bill to Senate floor, one step closer to full passage

RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill that would legalize mobile sports betting in North Carolina is one step closer to reaching the governor's desk.

The North Carolina Senate Rules and Operation Committee voted favorably Tuesday on the bill's most recent iteration, which includes amendments. Some of the changes in the new bill are as follows:

  • A tax rate of 18% up from 14% in the House version. The Senate version does not allow operators to deduct promotions or credits, which would increase their tax liability. 
  • Allows in-person sports betting at certain sports facilities with cash. The House version only allowed betting through mobile devices at those same "sports lounges." This could attract casual fans who don't want to download an app to bet on games. 
  • Adds East Carolina and App State to athletic departments that would receive $300,000 annually. Sen. Jim Perry said UNC Charlotte would be included, as well.

The bill is expected to hit the Senate floor for votes on May 31 and June 1. Because the legislation contains a tax, the Senate must hold two roll call votes on different days.

If the amended bill is passed in the Senate, it would be sent back to the House for final approval, then sent to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature. Governor Cooper has expressed his support in the past for the legislation.

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