Kansas took another step in the process toward legalizing sports betting this week. It should be noted, however, that this was a baby step. The legalization of sports betting in the state is still a long way from becoming a reality.
Monday, the Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee passed a sports betting bill. The bill allows the state’s four casinos to commence sports betting operations. It also enables mobile and online betting operations.
The state lottery will regulate sports betting in Kansas. State lawmakers approved a 7.5 percent tax on all sports betting that takes place in person at brick and mortar sites, with a 10 percent tax to be levied on online wagering. Bettors will need to be at least 21 years of age to place a bet. Wagering will be prohibited on any sporting events at the high-school level or below.
However, there remain several stumbling blocks pertaining to the bill that could slow down or even halt the introduction of sports betting in the state.
Pro sports leagues want the betting sites to utilize their official data but the casinos are resistant to the idea. As well, the State House has proposed a competing bill that will enable sports betting through as many as 1,200 retailers and would aid owners of dormant dog tracks in Kansas.