, 2023-01-25 10:21:02,
Posted on: January 25, 2023, 10:20h.
Last updated on: January 25, 2023, 11:44h.
North Carolina lawmakers commenced their regular session — informally the “long session” — in Raleigh on Wednesday. The long sessions are held in odd-numbered years and tend to be the assemblies when more controversial matters, such as gaming, are considered.
Gaming expansion efforts have been proposed to no avail in the capital in recent legislative years.
State lawmakers nearly legalized sports betting last year during the abbreviated short session. Senate Bill 688 gained favor in the Senate but died in the House of Representatives by just three votes.
While the betting man might be smart to wager money against legislation allowing commercial casinos in the Tar Heel State to reach Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) desk this year, the state’s legislative makeup for its 2023 session is considerably different than in prior years. The Senate has 12 new senators in the 50-seat chamber. The 120-member House has 28 new lawmakers.
The fresh faces, gaming advocates hope, will bring clear…
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