Maryland residents vote in favor of legalizing sports betting
MARYLAND – There’s at least one Maryland election result that seems pretty certain: residents voted in favor of legalizing sports betting in the state.
About 66 percent of Marylanders voted in favor while 34 percent voted against the move. Delegate Wayne Hartman tells 47 ABC this is timely because of the budget challenges they’re facing as it could generate anywhere from 18 million dollars to 40 million dollars in funding for schools. He also says all of Maryland’s neighboring states have legal sports betting so he believes this will make sure money stays here in the state.
“It’s a good move. Sports betting has been happening in Maryland through other sources, underground betting and so forth. So I think this is a good thing. We need to keep Maryland money in Maryland and I’m happy to see the outcome,” says Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-District 38C).
Delegate Wayne Hartman says this will likely be a lengthy process which will start with licensing decisions in the Maryland Ways and Means Committee. He also says part of the process will ensure minorities are represented in the approved licenses for sports betting facilities.