Colorado voters deciding if the state should allow gambling on sports Tony Kovaleski, ABC 7 · October 31, 2019 at 4:30 pm DENVER — Colorado voters are currently deciding if sports betting will become legal in our state. The measure being put forward in the ballot reads as follows: SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED BY TWENTY-NINE MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO FUND STATE WATER PROJECTS AND COMMITMENTS AND TO PAY FOR THE REGULATION OF SPORTS BETTING THROUGH LICENSED CASINOS BY AUTHORIZING A TAX ON SPORTS BETTING OF TEN PERCENT OF THE NET SPORTS BETTING PROCEEDS, AND TO IMPOSE THE TAX ON PERSONS LICENSED TO CONDUCT SPORTS BETTING OPERATIONS? If voters vote yes, Colorado will become the 12th state to legalize sports betting. Currently, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware currently allow citizens to bet on sports. Nationwide, a total of 42 states have or are currently seriously considering the legalization of sports betting.