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Ohio State Senate passes sportsbetting legalization legislation

In the Midwestern state of Ohio and legislators have reportedly taken the first steps towards the legalization of retail and online sportsbetting as well as the licensing of electronic instant bingo.

According to a Wednesday report from the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper, the moves were contained in Senate Bill 176 passed by the Ohio State Senate via a 30-to-two vote yesterday. The measure, which will now need to be ratified by the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, seeks to allow entities in ‘The Buckeye State’ to apply for one of 58 land-based and remote sportsbetting licenses.

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The newspaper reported the legislation envisions making 33 bricks-and-mortar sportsbetting licenses available t…