The Montana Lottery has bypassed a potential obstacle on its way to offering sports wagering by the end of the year.  An interim legislative committee tried to delay lottery officials from finalizing draft rules that tie sports wagering licenses to liquor licenses. The current draft rule allows sports wagering to be offered by businesses that have liquor licenses or beer and wine licenses, depending on geographic location. Critics argued the legislation that legalized sports wagering in Montana did not refer to liquor licenses, but the Montana Department of Administration said setting that requirement was within the lottery’s rule-making authority.