A lawsuit challenging the legality of the sports betting in Rhode Island has been filed against the state lottery officials.
Republican Daniel S. Harrop, is behind the lawsuit and he is contesting that the recent legalization of sports betting is unconstitutional. Harrop is being represented by Fontaine Bell & Associates and Larisa Law, two big law firms in the state.
Also, Brandon Bell, the erstwhile chairperson of the Rhode Island Republican Party has contributed in drafting the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that the recent legalization of sports betting is a violation and infringement of the rights of the people and as such it is unconstitutional; therefore pleading that it should be abrogated.
Rhode Island’s constitution calls for a popular vote in case there is any gambling expansion in the state. Moreover, the recent legalization of sports betting did not undergo the same process as casino gambling and lottery terminals – the people, never voted it.
The lawsuit argues that if sports betting was to be made legal in the state, it should be voted by the public as they alone have the right to approve gambling expansion in the state.
Sports betting was legalized as it was included in the budget and approved by state governor Gina Raimondo in November last year. Rhode Island joined the other seven US states which had legalized sports betting.
Also, in March, earlier this year, the lawmakers in Rhode Island passed a bill to legalized sports betting on mobile and through online channels.
However, online sports betting is yet to be launched in the state.