Washington State just steps away from legalized sports gambling
Only a Senate vote stands in the way of Governor Jay Inslee’s approval
Washington State continues to push for the emergency bill that plans to legalize sports wagering in the tribal casinos, and it has moved one step closer to the final goal. There are yet a couple of things that need to happen, but the ultimate goal is to have the bill voted by in full by the Senate so it can go straight to the governor’s office. Yesterday, the Senate’s labor and commerce committee voted in favor of the bill being sent for fiscal review, which should be happening in the next week or so.
There seems to be enough time for every step to follow its own course and, since the fiscal review is supposed to be done in a week or so, there is plenty of time before March 12, the day a full Senate floor vote will take place. This bill is really speeding up and, after getting the approval from the House back on February 13, Governor Jay Inslee is just waiting for the bill to make it to his desk. Committee Chair Karen Keiser told her committee before the bill was forwarded, “I think it’s very wise of us to take a small first step in moving forward with the ability to have sports gambling.”
Because the bill has the emergency clause included, it can skip a statewide referendum that requires over 60% of support, but that doesn’t mean everyone is on board with this bill. “I think that the state could use the infusion of revenue,” Senator Maureen Walsh said in response to Keiser’s comments. “I think also what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If, in fact, you think there are social ills involved with gambling, why in the world would you let the tribes do it and not everybody else?” According to Walsh, this bill is “extremely counterintuitive to the goals we’re trying to reach for equity and fairness in this state.”