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Lawmakers betting on final push to make sports gambling legal

A bill allowing New Yorkers to place wagers on mobile devices for sporting events could gain final passage by the end of the legislative session in June, Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman Gary Pretlow said in an interview Wednesday.

Pretlow in the interview said he believes the constitutional questions raised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration surrounding mobile betting are being resolved.

“I think we’ve shown the second floor that this is not correct,” Pretlow said, referring to the governor’s suite of offices in the Capitol. “This is no different than what we do with horse racing where people have advanced deposit on horse racing, where people have advanced deposit wagering on horses, and because the servers are at the racetracks, it’s deemed they are playing at the tracks. It’s exactly what New Jersey’s doing.”

At the same time, Pretlow said concerns raised by race track operators could also be alleviated with an amendment.

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