States eye sports betting, wrestle with regulatory details

NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) — Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it.

How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states.

So far, seven states offer legal sports betting: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

At a sports betting conference Tuesday in New York, state representatives from Minnesota, New York and Ohio discussed their states’ interest in such bets.

They’re also interested in making sure players are protected, taxes are adequate but not punitive, and that mobile gambling be widely accessible.

Patrick Garofalo, a Minnesota state representative, says the betting public has already decided it wants to be able to bet from their couches.

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