The Tennessee House of Representatives have approved sports gambling in the state. The bill passed on a 58–37 vote, despite facing opposition from Gov. Bill Lee.
The bettors can place their wagers online, and they have to be physically in Tennessee for those bets to be accepted.
Knoxville Democrat Rick Staples said the goal is to prevent Tennessee from losing money to other states that allow sports betting.
The Tennessee Senate is expected to debate the measure in the next few days, but the biggest obstacle may be Lee, who’s stated his unease with allowing sports gambling. House leadership said they don’t expect Lee to take the step of vetoing the bill if it gets to his desk.