Ohio General Assembly approves sports betting, but battle looms in Senate Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · May 30, 2020 at 6:39 pm Now the real work begins. On Thursday, the Ohio House passed an amended version of HB 194, a legal sports wagering bill that would allow for statewide mobile and retail wagering, 83-10. But the easy passage doesn’t mean that things will go as smoothly in the Senate. While both chambers appear to support legal sports betting, there is a key issue that must be resolved before both sides agree to legalize — who will be the regulator? Thursday, both House sponsors, Dave Greenspan and Brigid Kelly, spent considerable time in introducing HB 194 talking about how the only path to legal sports betting is to have the Ohio Lottery as the regulator. In his introduction of the bill on the House Floor, Greenspan referred to an opinion from the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) that he interprets to mean that sports betting can only be regulated by the Ohio Lottery, otherwise it would be illegal.