NC House may consider expanding sports gambling

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – The House of North Carolina next week could pass a bill passed by the Senate that will expand sports gambling in North Carolina.

Representative John Hardister (R-Whitsett), a whip with a majority in the House, made the remarks in a text message Thursday to the WGHP.

“Sports betting seems likely to move next week,” he wrote.

Senate Bill 688 passed the U.S. Senate last August by a vote of 26-19, but was far from partisan.

Nine Republicans – including Senate leader Phil Burger (R-Eden) – voted in favor of the bill, but Senator Joyce Krawick (R-Kernersville) and Senator Amy Gailey (R-Alamance) were among those opposed. Four Democrats voted against the bill, including Senator Gladys Robinson (D-Greensboro).

Her partner, Senator Michael Garrett (D-Greensboro), was one of the secondary sponsors of the bill, so you can see that this measure is far from clear politically.

This also seems to be a problem in the House of Representatives, where last week the Judiciary Committee drafted an accompanying Senate bill 38, sponsored by Representative Jason Sein (R-Lincoln), to make changes to the original bill by doubling royalties to $ 1 million. a drastic increase in renewal fees (from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million). All of this increases revenue by $ 8 million, to about $ 24 million, WRAL reported.

There are 30 states with legal live sports gambling, reports North Carolina is on this list because the state has four licensed casinos owned by Indigenous people – two in Cherokee, one in Murphy and one in Kings Mountain.

Five states are in transition, three have pre-filed legislation, and the rest are not actively pursuing legalized gambling, which is predominantly in the southern states.

One of the reasons the bill did not receive immediate approval in the House of Representatives was that there were questions about whether gambling would generate as much revenue as it should. Virginia last year craised $ 26.7 million in sports gambling revenue.

Saine’s bill addresses this and envisions the state generating up to $ 11 million in revenue by 2025-2026 through an 8% gross revenue tax plus a new fund created by the bill, called the North Carolina Big Events, Games and Attractions Fund .

“The sports betting bill is involved in larger negotiations between the House of Representatives and the Senate leadership,” Garrett wrote in a text message to the WGHP. “I think he has a great chance to pass before the end of the short session.

The gas discount is still being discussed

Garrett expressed some optimism that the bill he insisted on providing a $ 200 discount on gas for each licensed driver in the state it can still pick up speed. That’s part of the conversation, he said.

The 2022 Gas Tax Rebates Act will be funded by spending $ 1.3 billion of approximately $ 4.241 billion of surplus revenue collected by the state. The bill stipulates that to qualify for the rebate, a person must be a licensed driver residing in North Carolina and at least 18 as of March 31.

“I expect something about the gas tax rebate to be included in the final adopted budget before we postpone it,” Garrett said. “We are currently talking about what this might look like.”

Republicans supported the idea of ​​some sort of concession, but said they would prefer a longer-term approach, which could mean tax cuts. Berger and Moore said last week that they were in discussions about a final budget to be handed over to Cooper soon. They talked about increase in the salaries of civil servants and even lower taxes.

New US Senate poll

Republican Ted Bud and Democrat Cherry Beasley (photo in WGHP file)

There is now a third poll for the US Senate race in North Carolina, and the latest shows that Democrat Cherry Beasley has a small lead over MP Ted Bud (R-Advance).

WRAL released its own last week shows a poll of likely voters Beasley, former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, leading Bud, the 13th District Representative, by 4 percentage pointsare in the running to retire Senator Richard Burr.

The June 8-12 survey of adults shows that 44% of respondents support Beasley, 40% support Bud. About 14% have not decided. The “confidence interval” of the survey – similar to the margin of error – is 5.1 percentage points.

This follows a trend from previous direct polls before and after the May 17 primary elections. WGHP / The Hill / Emerson College poll conducted among voters in early May – before each candidate dominates primary elections – showed Budd with a lead of 6.8 points, 48.2% -41.4% and 10.4% did not decide. But a poll just after the primary election by the right-wing John Locke Foundation / Civitas Institute revealed Budd (R-Advance) with a 2 percent lead over Beasley.

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