This month in Mississippi, the Lawmakers are with a different point of view regarding the legalization of sports betting in the state, with two different bills, House Bill 1113 (HB 1113), and House Bill 1154 (HB 1154) in the state senate. One of the bills, House Bill 1113 is principally authored by Representative Roun S. McNeal, a lawyer in Leakesville, Mississippi, who is the Republican state representative for District 105 in George, Greene, and Perry counties. McNeal graduated from Greene County High School in Leakesville and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and his legal credentials from the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford. The Representative Roun S. McNeal would see the amendment of existing state law to forbid sports betting.
House Bill 1154:
Description: Mississippi Gaming Control Act; amend to prohibit wagering on athletic events. Additional Information: Principal Author: McNeal, Additional Authors: Bain, with Title:
“AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 75-76-33, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AMEND THE MISSISSIPPI GAMING CONTROL ACT TO PROVIDE THAT NO WAGERING SHALL BE ALLOWED ON THE OUTCOME OF ANY ATHLETIC EVENT, NOR ANY MATTER TO BE DETERMINED DURING AN ATHLETIC EVENT, NOR ON THE OUTCOME OF ANY EVENT, WHICH DOES NOT TAKE PLACE ON THE PREMISES; TO EXEMPT THE FANTASY CONTEST ACT FROM SUCH PROVISION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES”
Although, when the House Bill 967 was passed in the state in March last year, the bill not include any forbidding of daily fantasy sports contests, this means that they were legal since then. In the meanwhile, another representative from Mississippi Becky Currie, a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 92. First time elected to the chamber in 2007. Currie attended the University of Southern Mississippi, has put forward House Bill 1154:”
Description: Study committee; create for sports gambling tax recommendations.
Additional Information: House Committee: Gaming*, Principal Author: Currie, with Title:
“AN ACT TO CREATE A STUDY COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND BEST PRACTICE TAXATION POLICIES FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI REGARDING CASINO SPORTS GAMBLING; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES”
With the Bill, both the Senate Committee on Finance (The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Mississippi State Senate. Per Senate Rule 36, the committee is made up of 26 members) and the House Committee on Gaming (The Gaming Committee is a standing committee of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Per Rule 60 of the House Rules, the committee is made up of 15 members) will receive the recommendations and findings from the committee, before the regular session of the legislature commences in 2019. The two proposed Bills will have the same influence in the Senate before the Mississippi constitution can be amended.