PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island judge has dismissed a lawsuit about the state legalizing and launching sports betting.
The Providence Journal reports a Superior Court judge sided with the state in ruling Monday that Republican activist Daniel Harrop lacked standing to sue because he wasn’t personally harmed by the state legalizing sports betting without voter approval any more than any other resident.
Harrop argued the state should have sought voter approval before legalizing and launching sports betting in November.
Attorneys Joe Larisa & Brandon Bell discussed the dismissal with WPRO’s Dan Yorke – LISTEN BELOW.
Lawyers for the state lottery and Twin River Casino had said Harrop isn’t hurt by sports betting and lacked standing.
The judge’s ruling didn’t address the underlying constitutional question.
Harrop’s attorney, Joseph Larisa, says he’ll look for another plaintiff who could have standing, such as a gambler who lost money on sports betting.