Senator Joseph Addabbo’s bill to legalise mobile wagering in New York has taken a major step forward after it was passed by the state Senate.
However, S17 still faces a race against time if it is to progress through the House of Representatives before the state’s legislative session ends on June 19.
The bill, which had sat with the Senate Finance Committee for a number of weeks after passing the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, was discharged then committed to the chamber’s Rules Committee.
After progressing through that committe, it went to a full Senate vote, passing with 57 votes in favour and five against.
“As the chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, I am delighted that the State Senate has taken this important step towards legalizing sports betting via smart phones and other mobile devices,” Addabbo said following the bill’s passage. “Permitting this type of wagering holds great potential for creating jobs and raising significant revenues for education, while also credibly addressing the issue of compulsive gambling.
It now moves to the New York Assembly, which has just two days to pass it into law.