Rhode Island reacts to repeal of sports betting ban
By: Ross Perry
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo has issued her response to the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the federal ban on sports betting.
On Monday the Governor’s office issued a statement saying:
“The administration took proactive measures in anticipation of today’s Supreme Court decision which will allow Rhode Island to stay competitive with other states. Attorney General Kilmartin’s leadership has been critical to this initiative, and the State is already in the process of choosing a vendor and developing the infrastructure to begin sports betting this fall. We’ll continue our work to implement sports betting and keep Rhode Island revenue in Rhode Island.”
The repeal by the Supreme Court now grants individual states the right to decide whether or not they will allow sports betting.
Rhode Island state lawmakers wasting no time to get legislation in place in time for the new fiscal year starting July 1st.
Senate President Ruggerio saying in a statement on Monday that he preemptively “introduced legislation this year to enable sports betting at the facilities where it has been approved by voters already, Twin River in Lincoln and the new venue being constructed in Tiverton.”
A Twin River Casino spokeswoman told ABC6 News on Monday saying in part that the casino has spent the past few months considering how they “could possibly accommodate the addition of sports betting should the ruling prove favorable to Rhode Island.”
Senator Rugerio and Twin River Casino were not the only one betting on the ban to be repealed. In the Governor’s 2018-2019 $9.4 billion dollar budget proposal released in January, $23 million dollars of state tax revenue was set to come from sports gambling.