DOVER, DE -- Officials in Gov. Jack Markell's administration said they plan to introduce a bill this month legalizing video lottery operations by veterans and fraternal groups, according to local news outlets. The administration hopes for quick passage through the Legislature by month's end. | SEE STORY
Video lottery terminals placed in veterans and fraternal clubs are legal under an emergency measure, which passed on Jan. 30 and is set to expire on June 30.
Administration officials said they were persuaded to support VLTs for the VFW and other groups in large measure because local communities and charities, which benefit financially from the games, lobbied for them.
Mechanisms of state control of VLTs and percentage of revenues set aside for charities were the key items under negotiation in early March, administration officials said.
Meantime, the Delaware State Lottery has requested bids for proposals to launch online video gambling by Sept. 30. Delaware was the first state to legalize online casino style gambling.