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Mobile sports betting approved by Senate; faces unlikely future in Assembly

A bill that would legalize sports betting on mobile devices easily cleared passage in the state Senate, but it faces an uncertain chance in the state Assembly.

The bill was approved 57-5 in the Senate as lawmakers begin the final scheduled week of the legislative session this year.

The measure has gone through several iterations as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has raised constitutional concerns with the legislation, which the bill’s sponsors say have been satisfied by placing severs for mobile sports betting in casinos.

State gaming regulators earlier this month gave the final go-ahead for regulations that would allow sports betting to take place in the physical casinos themselves.

Cuomo has also publicly doubted whether there was time to move forward with the mobile component and questioned the expansion of gambling, which he has embraced in the past when backing a casino approval amendment.

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