Sports betting, medical marijuana among topics Indiana lawmakers will study

Sports betting, medical marijuana among topics Indiana lawmakers will study

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The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. (May 14) AP Buy Photo Indiana lawmakers will take a closer look at sports betting, medical marijuana and dozens of other topics before reconvening for the 2019 legislative session. Legislative leaders met Tuesday and assigned more than 50 topics to 18 study committees that will meet and hold hearings before the full General Assembly returns in January. Indiana’s $30K special session: Who were the winners, losers on tax breaks, school safety? ‘No job was too great, no job was too small’: Trump honors fallen Southport officer at National Peace Officers’ Memorial in D.C. Other hot-button issues that will be examined include hate crimes legislation, sexual harassment policies for lawmakers and problems at the Department of Child Services. Sports betting was added to the list just hours before Tuesday’s meeting after a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday struck down a federal ban on most sports betting. The ruling clears the way for Indiana lawmakers to legalize gambling on sports — if they want to do so. House Speaker Brian Bosma warned that the decision to study the issue doesn’t necessarily imply support. "I’m not necessarily a fan of an expansion of gaming but I know there are plenty of people who are, so we need to have the discussion and look at all sides of the issue," he said. The committee studying the issue will examine the fiscal impact of sports wagering on state and local government, as well as the impact on the state’s existing casinos, professional sports teams and collegiate sports. Input from the NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, is expected […]

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