Minnesota Legislature

  • Minnesota sports betting bill HF 778 just passed through the House of Representatives.
  • According to Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller, the bill is unlikely to pass through the Senate.
  • Amendments requiring a cool-down period after depositing and limiting push notifications was added to the bill.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A sports betting bill just passed through the Minnesota House of Representatives, but according to Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate.

Sports Betting Bill Unlikely To Pass The Minnesota Senate

The sports betting bill, HF 778, stipulates that the Native American tribes of Minnesota would have complete control of the online sports betting community in Minnesota.

Minnesota sports betting is unlikely to pass through the state Senate if that is the case.

According to Miller, the bare minimum requirement for HF 778 to pass through the Minnesota Senate would be to allow racetracks to operate sportsbooks as well.

Couple that with the fact that HF 778 only passed through the House of Representatives by a 70-57 vote, it is clear that there are some issues that may prove fatal for Minnesota’s latest attempt to bring sports betting to the state.

Interesting Amendments On Minnesota Sports Betting Bill

In order for legal sports betting bill HF 778 to pass through the house, two key amendments were passed:

  • Cooling Off Period: Requires sports bettors to have to wait three hours after they deposit before they can place a bet.
  • Push Notifications: Sports betting apps would only be allowed to send bettors push notifications on their phones if it had to do with account fraud or potentially fraudulent transactions.

The push notifications amendment may be a little frustrating for online sportsbooks and their users alike, but that seems way more reasonable than a mandated waiting period between depositing and betting.

Two of the largest markets in Minnesota sports betting is live betting or betting right before an event when injury reports come out. Requiring users to plan ahead for those unplannable events may push sports bettors towards internationally regulated sportsbooks instead of the states.

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