Melissa Hortman, the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, stated that the bill to legalize sports betting will not be considered in the current legislative session.
“I think we’re probably out of time. In the House, it has two or three committees and we’re not going to be able to take people away from the floor to have that bill move through the committees that it would need to. I think that there’s a coalition of folks who are still really interested in making sure that that gets done. I just don’t think it will get done this session,” Hortman said at a press conference.
The Minnesota legislative session concludes on Monday, May 22, and the next events in the state House of Representatives are scheduled for 2024.
The latest attempts to legalize sports betting in Minnesota were made by Senator Matt Klein. After discussing the initiative in early May, Klein proposed several amendments to his bill to push it forward by the end of the session. However, despite the committee hearing testimonies on the bill and its amendments, no further action has been taken.