A new bill that would legalise sports betting has surfaced in Kansas.
The Kansas state Senate’s Committee on Federal and State Affairs has introduced SB 283, a bill that would legalise sports betting in the state of Kansas.
What’s covered in the bill?
The provisions laid out in SB 283 would allow casinos that are already licensed by the Kansas Lottery Commission to launch land-based sports betting operations. These licensees would also be able to offer two online sports betting skins.
If one or none of the operators launch an online sportsbook after two years, the state lottery will be able to create its own online sports betting platform. Sporting venues will also be able to partner with a licensed sports betting operator to launch a land-based sportsbook at the venue.
Licensees will also be able to create “an area where patrons may engage in sports wagering at sporting facilities,” but this will be limited to online platforms.
Land-based sports betting revenue will be a subject to a tax rate of 7.5% and online betting revenue will be taxed at 10%.
The bill did not specify a licence fee, but this may be set by the Kansas Lottery Commission. If the bill passes into law, the Commission will set out advertising rules at a later date.
Tribal groups included in the bill
The bill also covers gambling tribes that operate in the state. Under the bill, a federally recognized tribe would be required to submit a request to negotiate a gaming compact regarding sports betting.
After a request has been made, the tribe will then enter negotiations with the governor to “negotiate in good faith” to enter into a compact.