Ohio is yet again considering legalizing sports betting. This time, the proposal comes from Representative John Zimmerer, who chairs the House Committee on Sports and Training. Zimmerer sees the state’s current legalized sports betting law as having an unintended negative impact on the state’s economy. He proposed amending the law to allow both wagering and sports betting, as well as the collection of gambling winnings. Here’s what you should know about the proposed amendment.
Legalizing sports betting in Ohio has long been a bone of contention among the residents. The state has been trying hard to keep its powder dry since the recent proliferation of online sports betting websites, many of which have come up here in Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court just recently struck down a law that would have made all sports betting illegal, reasoning that the law was intended to discriminate against online gamblers and thereby violate the constitutional rights of minorities. Because of this, the Ohio State legislature has been trying hard to come up with a new law to replace the old one. Zimmerer sees this as a way to protect the Ohio residents from online sports betting fraud and to ensure that the Ohio residents can enjoy their right to wagered on sports events in this fair state.
Zimmerer sees two issues with the current law allowing online sports betting: the first is the lack of regulation and he sees this as a danger to the general welfare of the people of Ohio. According to Zimmerer, the lack of regulation forces companies like his to act in the “interests” of bookies instead of customers. As such offshore online bookmakers are taking advantage of Ohio residents by taking their money and running. Without government regulation, there is no way of making sure these companies don’t run rampant and scamming their customers.
The second problem that Zimmerer sees in Ohio’s law is the lack of protection for the people of Ohio. He notes that many previous attempts to get the law changed failed miserably and the problem now seems to be getting worse. Many offshore online sportsbooks have already displaced hundreds of Ohio bookies and they won’t stop if the laws in Ohio are not changed. This would leave the state of Ohio with no other choice but to regulate its online bookies.
There are a lot of reasons why online sports betting is a problem in Ohio. For one thing, there’s no way to make sure a website is reliable because no one can really tell whether a website is good or bad without seeing some evidence. For another, many individuals in Ohio do not trust offshore online bookies and they are scared of losing their money to scammers. These fears have created an atmosphere where Ohio residents are no longer willing to partake in online sports betting.
But there is a solution for Ohio residents looking to offshore their sports betting activities. Thanks to new federal and state laws, online sports books can no longer charge Ohio residents in-state fees for using offshore sports betting service. As long as a sportsbook offers this service to Ohio residents, then it can continue operations within the state. As long as they follow the laws laid out by the Department of Justice, then offshore online sportsbooks can continue to provide this service to Ohio residents.
The reason why online sports betting has become such a problem for Ohio residents isn’t because it makes Ohio sports teams win less. It’s actually because many online sports books act like crooked bookmakers when it comes to placing bets on certain sports events. If an online sports betting site places a wager on a football game in Ohio, it’s not illegal for the individual to make that bet. However, it is illegal to make any kind of wager on that sports event anywhere else. This means that an Ohio resident could be prosecuted for participating in an illegal sports event that took place outside of Ohio.
By cracking down on online sports books, the Ohio attorney general has created an environment where sports betting can happen legally. This means that any online sports books that wish to operate in Ohio need to register with the state before they can operate. Once they are registered, they cannot take part in any type of gambling or unfair gaming practices. They also have to disclose all relevant information related to their sports book, including terms of agreements, rules and policies, and customer service information. All reputable online sports books abide by this requirement, and they also don’t make secret arrangements with customers in order to take advantage of them.