Senator Matt Klein’s bill to Legalize Sports Betting Advances through Senate Commerce Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection heard Senator Matt Klein’s (DFL – Mendota Heights) bill to legalize sports betting in Minnesota. This was the second time the bill was heard in Senate Commerce this biennium, with this hearing focused on additional protections about problem gambling.

New additions to the bill include:

  • A hotline available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, staffed by people trained in the psychology of gambling disorders and suicide prevention.
  • A “whistle-to-whistle” in-game betting ban.
  • Requiring platforms to offer individuals the ability to place limits on wagering, including money spent per day or per month, maximum deposits, maximum time spent on the app, and more.
  • Commissioning of a study through the Department of Commerce on gambling activity in Minnesota prior to and after the implementation of sports betting, and a study on the prevalence of gambling disorders and other risks.
  • Requiring advertisements for sports wagering to include a warning that gambling may be addictive and could cause financial hardship.
  • Requiring the Commissioner of Commerce to conduct audits to check on the compliance of sports betting providers and operators.

“I am proud of the work we continue to do to get this legislation in the best form possible for Minnesotans.” Said Senator Klein. “Our work continues in future committees to create a safe and trustworthy market for sports betting in our state.”

The bill was passed as amended via voice vote and referred to the Senate Committee on Taxes.

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Matt Klein represents Senate District 53 which includes the area spanning parts of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, the city of Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul.

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