Senate approves mobile sports betting bill

(MM) RHODE ISLAND LAWMAKERS ARE MOVING QUICKLY TO LEGALIZE ONLINE SPORTS BETTING (HE) TONIGHT — SOME MEMBRS OF THE SENATE ARE QUESTIONING IF THIS IS A DECISION THAT SHOULD BE UP TO THE VOTERS

EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO IS IN THE NEWSROOM WITH THE — LATEST DEVELOPMENTS MOBILE SPORTS GAMING APPEARS TO BE ON THE FAST TRACK AT THE STATE HOUSE, WITH THE SENATE PRESIDENT HOPING SPORTS FANS WILL BE ABLE TO BET FROM HOME AS SOON AS THIS FALL THE RHODE ISLAND SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVING LEGISLATION TO EXPAND LEGAL SPORTS BETTING TO THE ONLINE MARKET RHODE ISLAND BECAME THE FIRST NEW ENGLAND STATE TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING LAST YEAR, IN PERSON ONLY AT TWIN RIVER'S TWO CASINOS BUT SENATE PRESIDENT DOMINICK RUGGERIO SAYS HE WANTS IT TO BE MORE EASILY ACCESSIBLE I THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT ONLINE GAMING BECAUSE I THINK IT'LL BE MORE CONVENIENT TO THEM I SUSPECT THAT THERE MAY END UP BEING A LEGAL CHALLENGE ON THIS SENATOR DONNA NESSELBUSH SAYS SHE SUPPORTS ONLINE GAMINGAND SHE VOTED FOR THE BILL BUT QUESTIONED WHETHER THIS NEEDS TO GO TO THE VOTERS

SINCE RHODE ISLAND'S CONSTITUTION REQUIRES A REFERENDUM TO EXPAND "TYPES OF GAMING" I THINK SMART MINDS COULD READ THE LAW AND THE REQUIREMENTS BOTH WAYS, AND BECAUSE OF THAT I DO THINK THAT SOME DAY IT WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME IF THE SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON IT IT'S REALLY NOT AN EXPANSION OF SPORTS BETTING, IT'S JUST A DIFFERENT METHOD OF WAGERING WHAT'S THE HARM IN ASKING THE VOTERS? SENATOR SAM BELL VOTED AGAINST THE BILLSAYING HE WOULD SUPPORT A REFERENDUMAND A MORE COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE

INSTEAD OF LIMITING MOBILE BETTING TO BE OPERATED OUT OF TWIN RIVER CASINO BY PASSING THIS LAW, WE WOULD BE GIVING A MONOPOLY ON ONLINE SPORTS GAMING TO AN EXISTING BUSINESS, TWIN RIVER AND GOVERNOR RAIMONDO HAS INCLUDED MOBILE GAMING IN HER BUDGET, WITH AN ASSUMED START DATE OF JANUARY 2020 BUT RUGGERIO SAID HE WANTED TO GET THE BILL PASSED NOW, RATHER THAN WAIT FOR THE BUDGET TO PASS IN THE SPRING, SO THAT MOBILE GAMING COULD START EARLIER, AS SOON AS THIS FALL THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING ITS OWN MOBILE GAMING BILL, A SPOKESPERSON SAYS THEY WILL LIKELY VOTE ON IT AFTER NEXT'S WEEK FEBRUARY BREAK STEPH MACHADO EYEWITNESS NEWS

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