Rhode Island House passes bill to legalize online casino; awaits governor's approval
The Rhode Island House has approved a bill to legalize online casino gambling in the state
The Rhode Island House has taken a significant step towards legalizing online casino gambling in the state with the passage of bill HB 6348/SB 948. The bill received overwhelming support in the House, with a vote of 57-11 in favor.
The legislation will now be sent to Governor Daniel McKee for his final approval. If signed into law, the bill will allow individuals over the age of 21 residing in Rhode Island to participate in online table games through the use of a computer or mobile application.
The proposal, initially introduced by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, designates Bally's as the exclusive operator, utilizing its Twin River and Twin River-Tiverton properties, while IGT will serve as the vendor.
Following a committee amendment, the bill now includes a requirement for a live dealer during gameplay, with the action streamed via simulcast. The State Lottery Division of the Department of Revenue will oversee regulation of the online casino gambling product, which is anticipated to be launched on January 1, 2024.