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GOP Activist Sues Rhode Island Over Launch of Sports Betting

Daniel Harrop said Thursday sports betting should stop pending a statewide referendum

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    GOP Activist Sues Rhode Island Over Launch of Sports Betting
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    In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 photo, Rhode Island state Rep. William O'Brien places a $100 bet at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., on the New England Patriots NFL football team to win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53. Fans of the Patriots are gearing up for Super Bowl 53 by betting on the game, the first time they can do so legally in New England. Rhode Island is the only state in the region that has launched sports betting so far. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    A Republican activist is suing over sports betting in Rhode Island, saying the state should have sought voter approval before legalizing and launching it.

    Daniel Harrop said Thursday sports betting should stop pending a statewide referendum. Former Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell and attorney Joe Larisa filed a lawsuit against state lottery officials Wednesday on behalf of Harrop, a member of the party's central committee.

    Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio has said legal advice says voters approved sports betting when they approved casino gambling. He's confident Rhode Island would prevail in any challenge.

    Harrop says he's not opposed to gambling, but believes the state must follow its constitution and ask voters whether gambling should expand.

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    Rhode Island is the only New England state currently offering sports betting.

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