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Arizona Lawmakers Are Debating Legal Sports Betting

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 struck down a law that generally banned sports betting. Since then, states including New Jersey, New Mexico and Pennsylvania have legalized it.

Many others have introduced bills to legalize sports betting, including Arizona. Senate Bill 1158 would allow Arizona tribes to operate sports betting and sets out other guidelines for how that’d work. The measure was scheduled to be heard in a Senate committee Thursday morning.

To talk about what that could mean for Arizona, The Show reached out to Steve Hart, an attorney with the firm Lewis & Roca who practices Indian law and gaming law, among other things, as well as economist Jim Rounds, president of Rounds Consulting.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.