Amended bill gets through House and onto Senate. Table games for Delaware also part of the proposal
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
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.
First State pushes to become second state with sports betting
May 8, 2009