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Rhode Island Governor signs mobile sports betting bill

Rhode Island Governor signs mobile sports betting bill
Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio introduced the bill to generate revenue and make betting more convenient.
United States | 03/26/2019

Rhode Island’s governor signed a bill Monday that will allow sports betting to move online. Rhode Island will get 51 percent of the revenue from in-person and mobile sports betting.

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he General Assembly said in a statement that Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed it. Rhode Island is the only New England state that allows sports betting. 

"Expanding to mobile gaming would provide a convenient option for those wishing to enjoy this form of entertainment, and open up the economic benefits beyond the walls of Twin River," Ruggerio, a North Providence Democrat, said in the statement. 

Raimondo’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is counting on $30 million from sports betting, including $3 million in new revenue from mobile gambling. Rhode Island legalized and launched sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law last year that made most sports gambling illegal.

Some state lawmakers said during the debate over the mobile gambling bill they feared that unlimited access to sports betting could lead to more problem gambling. Others said the state should embrace the technology.

The bill allows for the creation of an app to access the sports betting offerings through Twin River. Anyone placing a bet will have to be physically present in Rhode Island at the time of their wager.

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