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Tennessee Senate Panel Recommends Against Sports Wager Bill

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A Tennessee Senate panel has voted to recommend against passing a bill to legalize sports betting in the state.

The Senate Government Operations Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday to make a negative recommendation on Republican Sen. Steve Dickerson's bill. The legislation still heads to another committee for a vote, but Wednesday's vote could hamper its prospects.

Dickerson's legislation would allow and regulate statewide mobile and interactive sports gambling, with no brick-and-mortar locations to place bets. Dickerson said it could generate up to $50 million in revenue in its second year.

Dickerson said the bill would bring sports betting from the black market into a regulated, legal setup.

Republican Sen. Janice Bowling questioned whether people currently gambling illegally would instead do it legally.

The bill hasn't received any House committee votes yet.

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