Romney in discussions for federal sports betting bill

12 September 2019

US Senator for Utah and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been involved in preliminary discussions about a federal sports gambling bill, a member of Romney’s staff told iGB North America.

Romney is working with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York on a bill that is expected to be similar to the Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act.

That bill was co-sponsored by Schumer and now-retired Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (who has been replaced in the Senate by Romney). It was introduced in December 2018 but was not assigned to a committee.

The 2018 bill, S.3793, established a general prohibition on sports wagering, but allowed states to submit applications to the Department of Justice to develop their own regulatory framework, provided they adhered to a set of minimum standards.

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