- Kansans’ lawmakers continue to pursue the idea of legalizing sports betting
- Mobile betting and the remit of the State Lottery discussed
- Tax gains for the state not a pre-determined amount
Kansans will be going over proposed sports betting plans once again with Rep. Stephanie Clayton supporting the move.
Kansas Lawmakers to Look into Sports Betting Opportunities
Kansas has long been on pins and needles about adding sports betting to the state. After all, a lot of other states have pushed ahead with such a move already. Worst of all, Missouri is going to get its own sports betting rolled out before Kansas and that’s the sort of twist that makes the blood boil.
Rep. Stephanie Clayton is quite determined to show Missouri that Kansas is just as capable of mastering its own sports betting plans:
I don’t like getting beaten by Missouri. It’s a Kansas trait. I think a lot of people share that.
There’s plenty of reasons for Kansas to want to be in the open when it comes to sports betting. First, the offshore industry is no small part of the daily expenditures of the state’s residents. Gambling is very much alive in Kansas, only the sportsbooks to sweep up all the cash are located offshore.
Kansas House Panel Meets to Discuss Sports Betting: What a Twister!
Kansas both loves and hates sports betting, but at least now a debate is on the way. The state’s House Panel met on Friday, February 8 to discuss the possibility of specific facilities being authorized to accept sports betting wagers, including:
- Restaurants & bars
- Dog racetracks
- Lottery retailers
Quite a few topics were broached, which just only goes to show that lawmakers are very serious about pondering the question in its depth. For instance, some of the topics discussed included whether professional and college sports are entitled to a revenue from sportsbooks, i.e. the notorious royalty/integrity fees. Mobile betting was also examined.
A Matter of Chance – The Kansas Lottery
An interesting development though can be how any sports betting bill would co-exist with the Kansas State Lottery. The question of mobile apps came up with the attendees trying to determine whether each individual property should have its own app or if the entire network can be controlled by the state.
In fact, there were more unknowns that any concrete solutions with the Lottery question remaining open-ended.
Play Your Cards Well Now
Kansas is definitely not intent on taxing the industry too steeply. The rate is established at 6.75% and additional 0.25%that would go for royalty fees, as per a bill introduced earlier.
There’re no exact estimates as to how much the state stands to win from legalizing the industry, which is another reason for rather divided legal factions.