Sports gambling bill to become law without Gov. Lee's signature

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Posted at 2:21 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 16:03:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Friday he will let a bill to legalize online sports gambling become law without his signature.

Gov. Lee said in a letter to House Speaker Glen Casada he doesn't believe gambling through online sports betting is in the best interest of the state, but appreciated efforts made by legislators to avoid the building of casinos.

The statement also stressed the governor's desire to veto any other efforts made to expand gambling or introduce casinos in the state.

According to the bill passed by the Tennessee legislature, a gaming commission will be created and made up of nine members.

The members of the gaming commission must have experience in the sports wagering industry, accounting and law enforcement.

Bets can only be accepted from a bettor who is physically located in the state of Tennessee.

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