Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on mobile sports betting bill

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are voting on a bill to expand sports betting by offering mobile gambling.

If it passes the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, it goes to the governor’s desk.

Rhode Island is the only New England state that allows sports betting. Bets must be placed in person at the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.

Democratic leaders want to expand sports betting to generate additional revenue.

The governor’s proposed budget counts on $30 million from sports betting, including $3 million from mobile gambling.

House Republicans want to ask the state Supreme Court whether lawmakers can authorize mobile gambling without asking voters first.

The Senate already passed a bill to allow online sports wagering. The House is voting on that bill and the House version of the same bill.

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