Delay in Delaware Senate Vote to Expand Gambling

Jun 27, 2012

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware state Senate has delayed a vote on a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

The bill was scheduled for a vote Tuesday, but the absence of one Democratic lawmaker raised concerns about whether supporters had enough firm votes for passage.

The Markell administration and lawmakers also were working to avoid possible amendments to the bill amid complaints by the state's harnessing racing industry that it wouldn't get a fair share of the new revenue. Officials plan to continue talking with the industry over the coming months.

In addition to online slots and table games, the bill would expand keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites and betting on NFL games to at least 20 non-casino sites.