Senator Lesser Releases Statement on Supreme Court's Decision Allowing States to Legalize Sports Betting

Sen. Lesser co-chairs committee overseeing legislation to regulate online sports betting

SPRINGFIELD — Following today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 that prohibited states from authorizing sports gambling, State Senator Eric P. Lesser issued the following statement:

“This morning, the United States Supreme Court struck down the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court's decision now allows individual states to legalize and regulate sports betting. The Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies is actively considering several bills that address gaming, including former Senator Eileen Donoghue's legislation, S. 2273. In the coming weeks, my House Co-Chair and I will engage our colleagues, relevant stakeholders, and the public at large in both the opportunities and challenges presented by the Supreme Court's decision.”

Sen. Lesser serves as Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. A bill introduced by former Sen. Eileen Donoghue to regulate online fantasy sports betting, S.2273, is currently before the committee.