New Kansas Sports Betting Bill Introduced in State Senate

A new Kansas sports betting bill was introduced in the Senate last Tuesday.

The new bill, SB 84, resembles last year’s offering – SB 283, which the senate passed 23-15 but never got a hearing in the house.

Like last year’s proposal, the Kansas Lottery would be key regulator for Kansas sports betting. Similarly, the state would impose a 7.5% tax for in-person sports bets and 10% for online wagers. Bettors would be at least 21 years old and must be physically present within the state lines. Betting on all collegiate and professional sports is permitted and it does not require the use of official league data nor does it mention any kind of payment to the professional leagues.

Up to 12 Legal Online Sports Betting Options

The proposal will also allow the state’s four commercial casinos to open a retail sportsbook at their properties and have up to three online skins ( providers), meaning the state could have up to a dozen legal online sports betting operators.

Kansas’ native American gaming tribes are also allowed to renegotiate their government deals to include Kansas sports betting as well. The bill would also allow the Kansas Lottery to have some skin in the game by contracting with an existing gaming facility manager for sports betting.

The Kansas Speedway in Kansas City will be permitted to open an area for online sports betting but would not be allowed to accept in-person wagers. That’s because adjacent to the track is the Hollywood Casino which, under the bill, can accept in-person bets.

A Process to be Followed

Like in every other state which offers legal sports betting, there is a process to be followed. Officials would have to come up with and finalize rules before Kansas sports betting commences. The Law requires the regulators to complete the process on or before October 31, 2021.

The Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs, which introduced the bill, currently has jurisdiction over the bill. It isn’t scheduled to discuss SB 84 this week but is expected to tackle it as early as next month.

Should the bill pass the initial committee, it will have to go through several committees before a vote before the Senate. If it is approved by the Senate, the House would have to agree on a similar version before it will be sent to Gov. Laura Kelly for her signature.