Mobile Betting Gets a Lift in NY: Cuomo Says 'Under Review'

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A bill to legalize sports betting in the Empire State got a bit of a boost on Monday, advancing to the Senate Finance Committee.

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S 17 authorizes mobile betting statewide from servers hosted at the state's tribal and commercial casinos.  

Racetracks, racinos and off-track betting parlors are not included in S 17.

From the Buffalo News:

Robert Williams, the head of the administration’s New York State Gaming Commission, told a Senate racing and wagering committee Monday that officials are still examining new amendments to a sports betting bill that limits what kind of gambling entities can participate in a mobile wagering program to determine “if they address any of the concerns we have.’’

“It’s an ongoing process,’’ Williams told the senators.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, a Queens Democrat and chairman of the Senate panel who has sponsored the online sports betting bill, says he is prepared to take a different route should the bill not get passed prior to a June 19 deadline.

He would then look towards amending the state constitution to permit the online bets, a process that will take three years to complete, if successful.

“We can stand by and do nothing and if that’s what this administration wants to do, that’s it. And we’ll do a constitutional amendment and we’re going to waste three years watching everyone else pass us by,’’ Addabbo told reporters after the committee meeting.

More from the Buffalo News:

After his appearances before the Senate panel, Williams told reporters that the constitutional concerns by Cuomo still revolve around whether it would be legal to create a system in which bettors around the state could make online wagers on pro and college sports events via computer servers that would be based at four upstate commercial casinos and Native American facilities, such as those owned by the Seneca Nation.

Legislation in the Senate and Assembly essentially states that New York would consider a sports bet physically made on a phone or laptop in Buffalo through a casino based in Schenectady, for instance, as if the wager were legally made in Schenectady.

“It’s something we have concerns with,’’ Williams said. “I don’t think we’ve reached finality with any of that.’’

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