WGMD News has learned that Gov. Jack Markell is expected to sign a bill this week allowing Delaware fraternal organizations to operate video lottery machines temporarily.
House Bill 1 was approved by 34 of the state’s 41 representatives on January 23; Senators then passed the bill by a 17-1 vote the next day.
The bill allows fraternal organizations to operate up to 20 video lottery machines per site; it also requires the organizations to pay 43.5 percent of the proceeds to the state. The bill would sunset on Sunday, June 30. Legislators say the issue will come up for debate again when they reconvene in March.
The Governor’s Office meantime, would NOT say what day this week Gov. Markell will sign the legislation; they did mention that there will NOT be a press conference when he does sign it.
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