The New York regulator said that officials are studying new amendments to an existing sports betting bill to allow online betting.
US.- Robert Williams, head of the New York State Gaming Commission, told a Senate racing and wagering committee on Monday that officials are studying new amendments to a sports betting bill. This is part of an attempt to approve online sports betting in the state.
The amendments are to a sports betting bill that limits what kind of gambling facilities can engage in a mobile sports betting program to set if they address any of the concerns that the government has, The Buffalo News reported.
“It’s an ongoing process,’’ Williams said. “As long as the door remains open, I’m optimistic… We have not been denied a meeting. We have not been shut out yet,’’ said Sen. Joseph Addabbo. He is also chairman of the Senate panel who sponsored the online sports betting bill.
Addabbo added that if the effort fails before the end of the annual legislative session on June 19, he will continue pushing but with a different approach. He wants to amend the state constitution to allow online bets, but this process could take up to three years to complete if successful.
“We can stand by and do nothing and if that’s what this administration wants to do, that’s it. And we’ll do a constitutional amendment and waste three years watching everyone else pass us by,’’ Addabbo said.
The segment was already approved
The New York Gaming Commission (NYGC) voted to approve sports betting regulations and launched a public comment period. The 60-day period will run through May and, should the commission meet this month, the segment may go live.
The NYGC can adopt, withdraw or revise rules. Therefore, if it meets in June, it could select a date for sports betting in New York to kick off.
Four privately-owned non-Indian-owned casinos could offer sports betting. The commission only allowed sports betting at casinos, for which they must set up special lounges.