Kansas Senate says yes to sports gambling
The Sunflower State could be added to the growing list of legal sports gambling states by year’s end
It seems to be that the Sunflower State will be the next one to be part of the list of states that run legal sports gambling operations. A huge step was taken yesterday and, after a long period of discussing all the details revolving a sports gambling bill, the Senate in full finally voted on it. The bill was passed 23-15 in the middle of a session that had senators back and forth for hours until all details of the bill were covered. This newly approved bill will allow sports betting in both physical locations and online.
The senators debated a long time over where the revenue coming from this business activity should go and whether horse racing or greyhound racing should be included. Another topic discussed was the percentage that would be destined to aid those with gambling addiction. For the physical sportsbook locations, the revenue share for the state will be 5.5% and for the online service, it will be 8%. Also, out of all revenues, 2% will be used to fund a grant for the gambling addiction program.
With this bill, Kansas residents can place a bet on college and professional sports games. “It’s not a new outlet because I think we know that it’s happening, we hope that it’s a new safer outlet,” Senator Marci Francisco said. “Why not have it controlled by the state, and then make sure for those people who are participating in that wagering that it’s non-offshore, that they know that their bets will be acknowledged.”
After passing the Senate, the bill will be sent to the House for approval and, if that goes well, it could reach the governor’s office soon. Any in-state casino can apply for one of these licenses, including tribal casinos.