There have been no bills proposed on sports betting since the Supreme Court ruling, but Republican state Rep. Pat Garofalo says he will introduce the first bill on sports betting since the Supreme Court ruling in the next legislative session that begins in January. The bill would legalize sports betting in person at tribal properties and the state’s two racetracks, and would also authorize mobile gaming to two licensees — likely companies that already have operations in Nevada — which would be required to partner with tribes with a 20-year exclusivity.
The bill might include an "integrity fee," somewhere between 0.2 to 0.6 percent of the total "handle," or amount wagered, to be paid to leagues that monitor betting data for signs of unusual betting, he said. He said that he anticipates a very low tax rate to make up for any integrity fee and to not burden sports book operators.
Montana was one of the states grandfathered in by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The state lottery runs "Montana Sports Action," which consists of a fantasy football game as well as a fantasy game based on racing. To legalize more widespread sports betting, the Legislature would have to authorize it, and there have been no bills presented since the Supreme Court decision, said Angela Nunn, administrator for the state Gambling Control Division under the Montana Department of Justice.