NY Sports Betting Bill Passes Senate

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Modified by Daniel Hardman on March 03, 2021 in Industry News

The online casino industry has seen a lot of changes over the past few years.  

Recently, many states have moved to make changes to their gambling legislation.  

The current legislative session is nearly done and tiny victories were made for gambling sectors such as sports betting.  

The sports betting bill passed on Monday in the New York Senate despite the future of mobile sports wagering still unclear in the state. 

A Bumpy Ride 

The sports betting legislation by New York Senator Joseph Addabo cleared the Senate on a 57 – 5 vote on Monday.  

Addabbo believes there is general support in the Assembly to pass the bill if leadership allows it to happen.  

The Senator conferenced with Democratic senators on the NY sports betting bill late last week to create a few minor changes to the language. Addabbo also correctly predicted that this updated S 17D would move through the Rules committee before the vote.  

Addabo is unsure about the bill’s fate but nows there is general support for the bill from Democratic parties.  

The Assembly is made up of 150 members and Assemblyman Pretlow, a supporter of the bill has managed to gain 76 Democratic supporters for the bill. All that is needed for the bill to pass is the majority vote, so if all 76 supporters hold it should be enough.  

Some Opposition and Success 

Before the bill can pass through the Assembly it has to be called for a vote by Assembly leadership. And Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has been very vocal in opposing previous efforts of expanding other gaming laws.  

Pretlow however suggested that the Speaker is obligated to push forward a bill with 76 or more supporters from the majority party. The bill was called for a vote and it passed through Senate earlier this week.  

That being said it is highly unlikely that the NY sports betting bill will be put into effect this year.  

More Challenges Await 

While it was a big victory to get the sports betting bill passed through the Senate there are still many challenges ahead.  

One such challenge is the Governor’s vote, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has the final say and could ultimately put an end to the bill. According to Addabbo he is confident that Cuomo won’t change his mind and believes that putting the legislation on his desk can only be beneficial.  

Another challenge is the future of mobile sports wagering, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo mobile wagering will probably not get done this year.  

The road for sports betting and mobile wagering in New York is long and unclear with many things that still need to fall in place.  

A Brighter Tomorrow 

For now, New Yorkers can celebrate small victories and remain optimistic about the future of sports betting in the state.  

Addabbo hopes that by bringing in legal sports betting they can work out the illegal activities.  

If the Governor embraces the great benefits of sports betting it will bring good fortune to New York and also increase their competitiveness with other states.

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