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Mobile sports betting approved by Rhode Island lawmakers

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have expanded the state’s legal gambling framework to include mobile betting on Tuesday. The bill now moves to the desk of governor Gina Raimondo for final approval.

Under Rhode Island’s current gambling framework, bets must be placed in person at Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.

The expansion to mobile gaming faces legal questions reports the Associated Press.

“I support this type of gaming [but] I don’t support moving ahead when there are substantial questions about its legality,” said republican representative Blake Filippi, the house minority leader, to the AP. “I think we should be asking for an advisory opinion from the Rhode Island Supreme Court before we build our budget around it and invest in the technology.”

The US Supreme Court legalised sports betting last year in the states outside Nevada, but Rhode Island has a law on the books which preceded the court ruling that limits sports gaming to casinos.