Kansas Senate Committee to Consider Amending Sports Betting Bill

Spread the Word:

The Kansas Senate Committee will consider Senate Bill 84 to allow mobile sports betting in the state after two successive days of testimony. Senate Federal and State Affairs heard from supporters and opponents at a hearing Thursday, at the end of which Chairman Larry Alley said the Committee would “work the bill” and consider amendments to SB 84 on February 24. The Committee then will hear the amended proposal and put it to a vote.

What Changes Does SB 84 Seek?

Senate Bill 84 would allow the Kansas Lottery Corporation to operate as the regulator, extending mobile sports betting across the state. The KRGC would also oversee advertisements of sportsbooks while implementing the self-exclusion program. The Lottery would regulate all other aspects of sports betting in the Sunflower State.

Digital sportsbooks would be able to tether to existing casinos and professional sports franchises, with each gaming facility having up to three mobile skins. The proposal would levy a 7.5% tax rate on all gross gaming revenue drawn from land-based facilities and a 10% tax rate for mobile sportsbooks. No official league data is needed as many of the operators eying the Kansas sports betting market are already using data provided by Sportsradar and BetGenius.

Additionally, the bill would list horse racing as sports betting, atypical for the traditional industry as each is usually its own sector of the gambling market. It led the proposal to call for both the Kansas Lottery Corporation (KLC) and Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC) to work jointly as sports betting regulators in the state.

SB 84’s General Acceptance

Senate Bill 84 had almost all favorable reviews among lawmakers as the bill went through its initial two readings. Among those who testified, only one individual opposed the proposed measure over the grounds of problem gambling. Deb Stidham, president of the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals, noted that if the bill proceeds, her association would like to do so with some protections for gambling addicts. In the Sunflower State, 2% of casino revenue is already dedicated to problem gambling initiative.

Additionally, representatives from DraftKings, FanDuel, Penn National, and Boyd Gaming all agreed in testimony on Wednesday that online sports betting is essential for Kansas to remain competitive and relevant for both the sports and bettors.

Lottery Seeks Convenience Store Gambling

The Kansas Lottery officials also testified that they should also be allowed to take wagers alongside existing casinos and sports franchises. Becky Schwartz, associate executive of convenience store advocacy group Fuel True said her organization opposed the draft proposal, which excludes the state’s more than 1,100 convenience retailers from taking wagers. She suggested the Senate instead endorses a House proposal that would expand gaming to convenience stores.

However, the House bill could, in turn, anger the future sportsbook operators that the Senate bill intends to create. Though the Lottery oversees both land-based casinos and ticket sales, an expanded lottery presence at convenience stores could come at the expense of sportsbook operators. In addition, the expanded retail wagering options are less likely to receive a nod from Republicans, who occupy supermajority in both the chambers.

What is Next for Kansas Sports Betting?

John Goodyear, a representative from the League of Kansas Municipalities, said that it was a matter of when – not if – Kansas would have sports betting. Goodyear, who was testifying on Thursday, added that the “when” may come down to which stakeholders are authorized to accept wagers and how much those stakeholders are able to influence legislation.

As the Senate will take up its bill for possible amendments on February 24, the House will consider its lottery retailer-friendly sports wagering bill sometime next week. Though some conservative opposition remains, many pro-business Republicans back legal betting now. Increasing regional competition for exploiting Kansas sports betting dollars in Colorado and Iowa could push Kansas lawmakers more in favor of the bill, as these two neighboring states have been draining a significant source of money by not regulating sports betting sooner.

Related News

Jeff Mullis
February 22, 2021

Georgia Senate Committee to Vote on Sports Betting Bill This Week

This week Georgia Senate Committee will vote on a sports betting bill that was filed earlier this month on February 11 by a group of influential lawmakers led by Senate […]

read more
Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri
April 7, 2022

Chiefs Not Moving to Kansas, Missouri Senate Committee Told

In a Wednesday’s hearing in the Missouri Senate, a Kansas City Chiefs representative said that the team is not planning to move to Kansas. The Kansas City Chiefs, a professional […]

read more
Massachusetts sports betting
July 21, 2021

Massachusetts House to Consider Legal Sports Betting This Thursday

Massachusetts House lawmakers will take up the legal sports betting issue for the first time this year on Thursday, July 22, according to a report from MassLive. It comes after […]

read more
Kansas sports betting
April 5, 2022

Kansas House Passes Sports Betting Bill in Final Vote; Senate Adjourns

Kansas House approved the final sports betting bill Saturday after the conference committee reached an agreement. In a late-night development Friday, the Kansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 84 […]

read more
Kansas sports betting
February 27, 2021

Kansas Senate Committee Approves Amended Sports Betting Bill

The Kansas Senate Committee passed an amended version of a sports betting bill on Wednesday before sending it to the full Senate for final discussion. If passed, SB 84 would […]

read more
Kansas City
February 2, 2021

Kansas Sports Betting Bill Introduced in the Senate

Kansas lawmakers will again consider legalizing sports betting after bill SB 84 was filed Tuesday in the Senate seeking statewide mobile sports betting. SB 84, sponsored by the Senate Federal […]

read more
January 14, 2019

What Does the IRS Consider a Gambling Session?

Under the Internal Revenue Code, [1] U.S. citizens must include on their tax returns and pay tax on all income, including all gambling income, earned worldwide from whatever source.  Unlike […]

read more
Kansas Houses Approves Sports Betting
March 6, 2021

Kansas Senate Approves Sports Betting Bill

Kansas Senate has passed a sports betting bill aimed at expanding the state’s Lottery to allow sports wagering operations in the state. SB 84, which was introduced in late January, […]

read more
Alabama sign
February 3, 2021

Alabama Lawmakers to Consider New Sports Betting Bill

Alabama lawmakers will review a new sports betting bill aimed at legalizing the online and retail industry, as the new session opened yesterday. Despite numerous attempts in the past, sports […]

read more
August 6, 2021

North Carolina Sports Betting Bill Clears Senate Finance Committee Stage

The North Carolina Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday supported a sports betting bill that awaited a legislative action for months. The crucial committee voted favorably on Senate Bill 688, overcoming […]

read more
Arizona
February 20, 2021

Arizona Senate Committee Approves Sports Betting Bill Amid Concerns

A Senate bill to expand sports betting in Arizona is finally making progress following the committee’s approval of SB 1797 earlier this week. While passing the move cautiously, the Senators […]

read more
June 24, 2020

US Casinos Consider Contactless Payment Transactions

US land-based casinos may reportedly be removing cash payment options and may implement an alternative digital payment system, like the online gambling market. According to the recent report from the […]

read more

Stay Updated & Receive Exclusive Offers

Be the first to know when new states legalize online gambling and gain access to exclusive casino and sports betting promotional offers.