Bill introduced to legalize retail, mobile sports betting in Ohio Brian Pempus, SportsHandle · March 14, 2019 at 4:38 pm A bill to legalize brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and mobile betting platforms has been introduced in Ohio, one of the remaining large market potential states without active legislation on file. Shell legislation consisting of just 15 words was filed last year, indicating that the Ohio legislature wanted to take up the issue in 2019. Ohio’s new governor Mike DeWine has also indicated he supports the legalization of sports betting in his state. Under the bill filed late Thursday by state Senators John Eklund and Sean O’Brien, the Buckeye State could have one of the most lucrative markets in the nation. The legislation is Senate Bill 111, and it’s a whopping 146 pages.