First State pushes to become second state with sports betting
May 8, 2009
After failing earlier in the week to pass a bill to push
legalized sports betting through the state House, Delaware
lawmakers tired and succeeded on Friday after amending the legislature that
could make the First State the second U.S. state with wagering on sports.
The bill will now move to the state Senate.
By a vote of 30-4, the Delaware House approved the modified bill backed by Gov. Jack Markell that plans to place sports-betting outlets at the state’s three gaming venues currently at race tracks.
Lawmakers amended an earlier version of the bill that failed to pass earlier this week. According to a story in the The News Journal of Wilmington, the percentage share for the state and operators was modified from the original legislature. Also part of the amended bill is an initiative to add table games to the mix at Delaware racinos. According to the story, Delaware plans to fast-track table games as 75 days after the proposed sports betting bill gets passed in the Senate, state officials and casino operators must have table-game proposals submitted.
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