Rhode Island governor signs bill for mobile sports betting

By: The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island’s governor has signed a bill to allow mobile sports betting.     

The General Assembly said Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed it Monday.     

Rhode Island is the only New England state that allows sports betting.

Currently, bets must be placed in person at the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.   

Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello introduced the bill to generate revenue and make betting more convenient.     

The signing was expected. Raimondo’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 includes $3 million from mobile gambling.     

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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