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SPRING FIELD – Illinois lawmakers approved gambling legislation on Thursday this would allow betting on state college sports teams while curbing local governments imposing “entertainment taxes” on video game terminals.
The Senate voted 44-12 to approve the legislation, which was then approved by the House on a roll of 100-11-1. He is now heading to Governor JB Pritzker’s office.
The legislation, Bill 3136, rekindles an effort that failed during the spring legislative session when a similar bill was passed overwhelmingly in the House but was not called to the Senate.
It serves as the ending bill for the omnibus gaming legislation of 2019, which legalized sports betting, authorized six additional physical casinos and additional video game terminals in truck stops, bars and restaurants.
However, at the request of the state’s Division I athletic directors, betting on Illinois varsity teams was not permitted in the original legislation.
This omission was quickly criticized by casual sports fans in the state. He was not exposed more than when two teams in the state, the Illinois Fighting Illini and Loyola Ramblers men’s basketball teams, met in the 2021 NCAA March Madness tournament and fans were unable to place bets.
In the new bill, bets will be allowed on the final result of matches, but not on individual performances. The provision expires on July 1, 2023, which means lawmakers will need to address it in a few years if they wish to continue allowing betting activity. Bets must be made in person.
Meanwhile, the proposal would prevent other municipalities from adopting a “push tax”, which is placed on every bet made on video game terminals. Lawmakers have sought to put an end to this practice, which they believe would reduce revenue coming into the state.
“He’s a person who suffered from a mental illness. And that mental illness is gone,” his lawyer said.
“If you put a patchwork of taxes all over the state, whether it’s a dime, two hundred or five cents, it breaks down and it could have a negative effect on the source of funding for the capital bill.” said State Representative Bob. Rita, D-Ãle Bleue.
However, the handful of cities, including Decatur, that have already adopted the tax will be grandfathered, allowing them to continue to collect the tax, which has been the subject of several lawsuits.
The Illinois Municipal League has encouraged municipalities to consider passing the tax before it is preempted by the state. Oak Lawn, Tinley Park and Waukegan have also implemented the tax while other cities in the Chicago suburbs are considering it before a November 1 deadline.
The Decatur city council approved the tax in September and it went into effect on October 1. City manager Scot Wrighton has conservatively estimated that the tax could earn the city an additional $ 700,000 per year.
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