Fourth Bill Filed towards Online Sports Betting in Mississippi

A Mississippi lawmaker has tried again to bring online sports betting to the jurisdiction after filing a bill that would allow online operators in the state to accept sports bets.

On Tuesday, January 4, when the legislative session opened, Representative Cedric Burnett introduced House Bill 184 to amend the Mississippi Code to allow a “digital platform” to accept sports wagers.

The bill defines sports betting or racing operations that take bets online. It also covers several aspects, including licensing and taxes.

According to the bill, existing land-based operators with licenses may offer online sports or partner with an online operator to take bets on its behalf.

However, the bill did not clearly state the number of operators a licensee may partner with. Though the guess is wildly one from the bill’s use of a singular “an” when referring to the operator a licensee may partner with.

Operators must also be approved and licensed by the state gaming commission before partnering and operating in the state.

Online operators will pay the same tax on other gaming on their online sports betting revenue:4% for gross revenue up to $50,000 per month, 6% for totals between $50,000 and $134,000, and 8% for operators with higher revenue.

The bill, referred to two committees, the House Gaming Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, is the fourth one on online sports betting to be addressed in the house.

Burnett first introduced it in 2019- House Bill 1481. However, it died in committee before reaching the floor of the house. Burnett introduced the same bill a second time in 2020- House Bill 172. It went the same way as the first one.

Last year, representative Scott Delane introduced a similar bill that allowed wagering online and mobile in the state. Like its predecessors, the bill didn’t pass the committee reading.

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