Maryland has made bold steps
It is not likely that Maryland will have legal iGaming activities within 2022 but expect the legislative processes to be through within 2023. Due to the rise of iGaming popularity, the legislators are doing the best they can to ensure the procedures go through smoothly.
Retail sports betting in Maryland started in December 2021, and now the state is focusing on ensuring all the obstacles are dealt with. Seven sportsbook operators are live in the state, and the sector is picking pace fast. Based on Maryland laws, voters must approve any expansion of commercial gambling laws. Due to this, the state needs to go through a referendum before the legislature passes iGaming legislation.
New York to introduce iGaming legislation in 2023
New York Senator Joseph Addabbo is expected to introduce iGaming legislation in the state in 2023. John A. Pappas, the IDEA Progress advocacy director in New York, said the legislative process for iGaming has taken too long to materialize. New York residents, however, may not expect legalization to be passed too soon but will have to wait a little longer to wager on online casino games.
Addabbo had tried to introduce the legislation in 2022 but was asked to do it another time. The Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee Chairman in the Senate cited a lack of enough time to discuss the bill. He promised to push the process through, citing that the state is already benefiting from mobile sports betting.