Is Mississippi heading toward adding mobile sports betting? Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · February 17, 2020 at 4:49 pm Mississippi was the third state in which operators launched legal sportsbooks brick-and-mortar form after the May 2018 fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. And for the second straight year, a lawmaker is asking his peers to consider allowing people to place bets on mobile devices rather than just in retail locations. Democratic Representative Cedric Burnett filed HB 172 in January, and it is one of five gaming bills that have been referred to the House Gaming Committee and are awaiting a hearing. Two more similar bills were introduced regarding mobile sports wagering late Friday. Burnett’s bill would allow any of the state’s 24 bricks-and-mortar casinos to launch state-wide mobile sports betting, and is similar to the state’s current retail sports betting law with one key exception — the tax rate for mobile would be lower than the 8% state tax on bricks-and-mortar sports betting.