Minnesota House votes to legalize sports betting Emma Nelson, Star Tribune · May 12, 2022 at 9:16 pm The Minnesota House voted Thursday to legalize sports betting, marking the closest the Legislature has come in years to expanding for-profit gambling in the state. Minnesotans would be able to place bets at brick-and-mortar locations and online under the House measure, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 70-57, and was crafted with crucial input from the state’s 11 tribal nations. “This is an idea whose time has come,” said Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, the bill’s chief sponsor. But what began as an optimistic bipartisan push has lost steam over the legislative session. Key differences remain in proposals from the House and Senate, which has yet to hold a hearing this year on its bill.