The New York state Senate passed SB17D by a 57-5 margin, giving the go-ahead for the legalization of mobile betting in the state.
The move helps advance a measure that gives mobile sportsbetting an in for punter in the Empire State. The bill now will head to the state Assembly, who likely has the votes to push the bill through. If it passes there, it will move to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk, where he can either sign it into law or veto it. Cuomo has signaled reservations about the bill, as he questioned whether it would violate the New York Constitution, which requires voters to pass any expansion of gambling services.
New York is seeing major competition from neighboring states offering sportsbetting, with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and others all having legalized the activity. With the close borders, it's likely that many New Yorkers are already crossing into other states to put wagers down. By legalizing the activity, New York could keep those wagers in-state and collect tax revenues in the process.
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