Rhode Island sports betting bill passes Senate, awaits Governor’s signatureJill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · June 21, 2018 at 12:01 amAll that’s left before sports betting can become legal in Rhode Island is for Governor Gina Raimondo to sign on the dotted line. Less than a week after the House passed the state’s sweeping appropriations bill, which includes 15 pages about sports betting, the Senate gave its stamp of approval passing S7200A on Wednesday. The House passed it 66-7, and the bill unanimously moved out of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday before reaching the full Senate floor.The vote, originally schedule to take place at 4 p.m. local time, was delayed until after 8 p.m.Raimondo is expected to sign the Rhode Island sports betting bill by the end of the week, according to the Providence Journal. Her 2019 budget includes a line item of $23.5 million in sports betting wagering for the state. The bill would allow for sports betting at the state’s two tribal-owned casinos, Twin Rivers and Tiverton (set to open around NFL kickoff in September). It does not include the integrity fee that the professional sports leagues are seeking.