Sports betting bill on Rhode Island collegiate teams advances

Providence forward Bryce Hopkins (23) and Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin (0) battle for the ball during the second half of a first-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17, 2023, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A bill that could legalize sports betting on Rhode Island collegiate teams has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Committee Special Legislation and Veteran Affairs voted 6-2 Wednesday to advance a legislation that would allow residents to bet on Rhode Island college teams in tournaments, involving four or more teams.

Tournaments would include pre-season invitationals, conference tournaments and NCAA tournaments, such as March Madness.

Earlier this year, Senate President Dominick Ruggiero proposed the college sports betting bill, telling ABC 6 News that he thinks “it would increase the revenue we get from sports betting substantially.”

The bill now moves to the Senate floor, with a vote expected next week.

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