Rhode Island approves mobile sports betting

Rhode Island approves mobile sports betting

The bill now needs the Governor’s signature. Credits: Fortune

The General Assembly approved the bill and sent it to the Governor’s desk to turn it into law.

US.- Rhode Island is set to become the only New England state to legally offer mobile sports betting, as the General Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday night, despite some resistance from Republican lawmakers, and sent it to the Governor’s desk to turn it into law.

The bill allows the creation of an app that people could use to access the sports betting offerings at the Twin River facilities, but anyone who wishes to place a bet must be physically present in Rhode Island. 

It is expected that the Governor will sign the bill, as she has already presented her proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1 and includes US$30 million from sports betting, and approximately US$3 million from mobile gambling.

Senate President Ruggerio, who introduced the bill in January, said: “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.”

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