In Madison, Wisconsin there are many sports betting venues. If a state-wide legalized system were established, sports betting would be legalized in Wisconsin. The first obstacle being that the state’s constitution expressly prohibits state based betting (which is also exempted from the overall ban on gambling across the United States). Additionally, to legalize sportsbooks at that state’s state level, a new bill would need to make it through 2 consecutive legislative sessions and then need a statewide ballot measure to become law. It is currently unclear how this will happen.
A constitutional amendment may be triggered by a court case in early 2021. If the Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to take on the case, it could effectively gut the power of the Wisconsin State Board of License and Inspections. As such, if the legislature wants to revisit the topic after the 2021 legislative session, chances are they will do so before the 2021 election.
One way to get around the legislature’s resistance to legalized sports betting in Wisconsin is to force a vote on a universal constitutional amendment. This would require two-thirds’ majority for passage. This would require both houses of the legislature to pass a joint resolution in order for it to be passed by voters. If enough members of the legislature voted in favor of the measure, it will go into effect immediately. However, even with a super-majority in favor of legalizing sports betting in Wisconsin, the chances of the bill becoming a law are slim to none.
If the courts in Wisconsin do not strike down the new law, the Wisconsin State Gaming Commission will likely file new regulations for its statewide casinos. These regulations, if passed and signed by Governor Scott Walker, will essentially force all Wisconsin casinos to allow sports betting. However, it is highly unlikely that the courts will strike it down during this current legislative session. The likelihood of a lawsuit against the new regulation is very high.
Another way for the Wisconsin State Board of License and Inspections to get a new law passed on wagering is to get the legislature to enact bills relating to administrative matters relating to the state’s six statewide licensed gaming establishments. If the bill were to pass, these bills would essentially require all licensed wagering establishments in Wisconsin to allow sports betting. However, Assembly Majority Leaderuck has promised to file separate measures for each of these issues. Therefore, it is likely that none of these measures will make it out of committee and become law anytime soon.
The chances that the Wisconsin State Board of License and Inspections will pass new laws related to sports betting in Wisconsin in 2021 is probably near zero. However, the chances that any of the legislature’s efforts to legalize sports betting will come to fruition anytime soon is highly unlikely. It will be quite some time before the state legislature gets to work, as there are many issues that need to be worked on between now and then. For example, the upcoming elections for all of the state’s offices will take place during the next two cycles. Then again, many of the prospective leaders for the House and Senate have already announced their candidacies for the next two election cycles. All of this means that it may be a long time before we get to hear about any new proposed legislation on sports betting in Wisconsin.
If the Wisconsin State Board of License and Inspections does not propose any new bills related to wagering in Wisconsin in 2021, we may still see a new regulation on sports betting introduced in the first legal sports bets season of2019. If this happens, it will be interesting to follow. However, I wouldn’t expect any drastic changes from the current proposal. There will most likely be some tweaks made here and there to the current law, which is the main reason for the new regulation in the first place.
The lack of significant changes in the current law allows Wisconsinites to enjoy some significant advantages when it comes to placing their bets on sports events. For instance, wagering on Wisconsin Badger football games has remained completely free thanks to the lack of new legislation. In addition, there are currently no laws governing online sports betting. This gives Wisconsinites a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing where they place their bets. As long as you stay within the confines of the law and you follow all of the regulations outlined by the Wisconsin State Board of License and Inspections, you should be able to enjoy sports betting experience just like anyone else across the country.