Even though they are illegal, it’s the season of March Madness and gambling pools.
Now, an East Providence state representative wants to make those bracket basketball bets legal in Rhode Island.
Rep. Gregg Amore, a Democrat, has introduced a bill to make `social gaming’ in private residences, taverns and private clubs legal, so long is there is a `social relationship’ among bettors and no person other than bettors receive anything of value.
``With the March Madness beginning and several games being played right here in Providence, I think this common sense legislation that would make all of those office pools and friendly wagers between friends and family no longer illegal,’’ said Amore in a statement.
``Filling out a college basketball bracket should not make you a criminal, even though, technically it does,’’ said Amore.
The measure also states that no fees or proceeds from this type of gambling can be paid to the house, host, or owner of the establishment sponsoring the pool.
The bill is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee in Room 205 at the State House.