Senate approves Ruggerio’s bill for in-state collegiate sports wagering

This is a file image of multiple screens displaying betting lines. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The senate approved legislation from President Dominick Ruggerio that would approve sports betting on in-state collegiate teams.

The bill would allow betting on the collegiate teams when they are participating in tournaments with four or more teams.

Ruggerio, sponsor of previous sports betting legislation said sports wagers have generated a great deal of excitement since it became law.

“This legislation will enable Rhode Islanders to wager on their favorite college teams when they are participating in highly anticipated events like March Madness,” he said.

“It makes a very small change that brings Rhode Island in line with neighboring states – including Massachusetts, which took this approach when it legalized sports betting,” Ruggerio added.

The legislation is now in the hands of the House of Representatives for consideration.

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