Kansas Legislature Sends Statewide Mobile Wagering Bill To Governor

Kansas Legislature Sends Statewide Mobile Wagering Bill To Governor

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  • Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle
April 29, 2022 10:30 AM
  • Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle

    Twenty-four hours after its counterpart in Missouri  killed a pair of legal sports betting bills, the  Kansas  Senate early Friday morning approved and sent to Gov. Laura Kelly a bill that would allow for statewide mobile wagering.

    The Senate approved the hotly debated bill 21-13 after the House had approved it 73-49 Thursday.

    The Kansas Legislature becomes the second this year to send a sports betting bill to its governor, and the first to send a broad bill that would allow for an open, competitive marketplace. Maine lawmakers last week passed what is essentially a limited tribal sports betting bill that locks out casinos in the state from offering digital wagering. Gov. Janet Mills has not yet signed it.

    By this time last year, three states had approved sports betting. So far in 2022, lawmakers in  Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri have failed to legalize despite a measure of support in all three states. In other states Thursday, the  Massachusetts  Senate  approved a bill different from a House-passed version, setting up a conference committee to sort out differences, and a  Minnesota committee voted in favor of a bill  that moves the issue forward there.