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Panel advances sports gambling bill in NY Senate

A bill that would expand sports gambling options in New York cleared a Senate committee on Monday, but the bill’s sponsor expects changes to the legislation before it’s signed into law.

The bill would permit casinos licensed in upstate markets to create online platforms for sports betting. It was approved by the Senate Racing and Wagering Committee this morning and now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has raised objections to the legislation on constitutional grounds. But at the same time, NYRA-operated thoroughbred racing tracks, as well as racinos, have raised concerns about the bill’s effects on their operations.



Sen. Joe Addabbo, the committee chairman and the main sponsor of the bill, said the issue was a balancing act.

“This is a cement that’s nearly not yet hardened and hopefully we can mold it, and hopefully we can mold it to be more inclusionary,” Addabbo told reporters after the meeting.

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