Sports gambling efforts in Kansas just took a step backward
By Bob Garcia
The Kansas House turned down its own sports gambling legislation
Sports betting doesn’t seem to be having a good time in the state of Kansas after being turned down Tuesday night. The Kansas House rejected its own proposal and this could mean that efforts to legalize sports betting this year will suffer a major setback.
It has been expressed that several Republicans and Democrats are not happy due to several components that make no sense at all. The same goes for members of the House, who have proven to be extremely unhappy with the Senate version of the bill, making the legislative stalemate even greater. Representative John Barker who shepherded the bill said, “It helps the local economy. Those Casey’s and those little convenience stores, they pay local property tax. They pay sales taxes.”
However, many legislators disagreed with an additional provision that would allow Sedgwick County to re-vote to have slot machines at Wichita Greyhound Park. Additionally, many others sought to have more revenue go to the state and for the lottery to be the primary sports betting process. Many Democratic supporters also disbelieved in the bill because it initially had no proposal to ban greyhound or dog racing outright.
All of this led Ron Ryckman, the speaker of the House of Representatives, to say that the bill failed mainly because too many people wanted too many different things and it could not be done. Now, Kansas sports gamblers will just have to wait and see if Barker decides to revive the bill in the House, or if some other sports betting bill makes it through the House without a hitch.