Kansas Senate Sports Betting Bill Advances After Amendments

Kansas Senate Sports Betting Bill Advances After Amendments
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After a lengthy list of amendments, with six being approved, SB 84 was passed by the Kansas Federal and State Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

The sports wagering bill is sponsored by the committee and now will move to the full Senate for consideration.

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Under the new amendments, the Kansas Lottery would serve as the regulator but would not be able to offer sports betting on its own platform. Also, 2% of the gross gaming revenue would assist problem gambling programs. Kansas already directs 2% of casino revenue for problem gambling.

SB 84 would also bring mobile sports betting to Kansas. However, the operators will be required to gain market access through a partnership with one of the land-based casinos or a professional sports organization.

The Senate sports betting bill was introduced in late January.

Kansas is bordered by Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska, states that recently have looked at expanding its gaming options. Colorado, a neighbor to the west, launched online sports betting last May and it has set handle records monthly.

Other Amendments Passed

The first amendment passed was ensuring the language remained consistent of there now being three skins in SB 84, up from the previous two. Lawmakers had previously passed the change, and the updated number was put in place throughout the entirety of the bill.

Another amendment was to clear up the language regarding how sports wagering managers can enter into a contract with an interactive sports wagering platform and how it must be approved by the Kansas Lottery.

Other amendments passed were about clarifying certain language about the platforms, and the definition of a sporting event in team competitions. Players with sports betting accounts in other states will also be allowed to create new online sports wagering accounts in Kansas and keep their pre-established accounts from the other states for sports betting purposes.

Similar Bill in the House

The committee also discussed the amount of revenue sports wagering could generate, and while it acknowledged the difficulty in predicting a total, the latest projection from the committee on Wednesday was between $7 and $12 million.

SB 84 and HB 2199 are the two sports betting bills working their way through the Kansas legislature. HB 2199 was discussed in a hearing last week in the chamber’s Federal and State Affairs Committee. Both bills are similar would allow for online wagering across the state. HB2199 has tax rates of 14% and 20% and would permit betting at racetracks throughout the state.

If both bills get approved, the lawmakers would have to work together to send one bill to Gov. Laura Kelly.

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