Bills soon to be on table for sports gambling in Virginia

Bills soon to be on table for sports gambling in Virginia
The proposals differ on whether mobile gambling would be allowed.

BY MATTHEW BARAKAT | Associated Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Three northern Virginia lawmakers will be introducing different bills that would legalize sports gambling in the state.

The proposals from Democrats Chap Petersen, Mark Sickles and Marcus Simon differ in some details, but all seek to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year that opened the door for states other than Nevada to open sportsbooks.

The proposals differ on whether mobile gambling would be allowed. All contain at least some restrictions for gambling on collegiate sports. Some require local approval, while others do not. The Family Foundation, a conservative lobbying group, says it will oppose any legalization of sports wagering.

Virginia’s 45-day legislative session begins in January.

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