The North Carolina House passed a key statewide gaming bill on Thursday, sending the measure back to the Senate and moving it one step closer to the governor’s desk.

The bill, SB 574, would be a comprehensive reorganization in The Tar Heel State, creating a state gaming commission to oversee gaming options and study the impact of potential future betting options in North Carolina.

It would bring several existing regulatory bodies in the state under one authority.

SB 574 passed the House 86-26 with widespread bipartisan support and two new amendments.

The Senate, which had easily passed the bill before the new amendments were added, must concur for it to go to Gov.

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