Kansas Governor Kelly signed the sports betting bill into law, while the Minnesota House Council passed its own betting bill, HF 778. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Two bills in different stages
After several attempts to get sports betting across the line in Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly’s signature on SB 84 is finally giving residents the opportunity to legally bet on the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.
Can be launched as soon as fall
Commenting after signing the law on Thursday, Governor Kelly described vertical as “another mechanism that casinos, restaurants and other entertainment venues can now use to attract Kansans to their establishments.” ovary betting report He took to Twitter on Friday to share the news, adding that the state’s regulated betting market could kick off as soon as fall:
Also on Thursday in Minnesota—other years of the state in the stalls frustrated by legal betting—the House voted 70-57 for HF 778. There isn’t much excitement for Minnesota residents just yet. The Senate, which did not hold a hearing this year on its sports betting bill, does not support giving the state’s tribes a monopoly on the market, so it is widely expected that it will not support the legislation itself.
Last minute fears subsided
On April 28, Kansas lawmaker Stephanie Sawyer Clayton (D) took to Twitter to reassure worried sports bettors that SB 84 was not “dead in the water.” This was because the Senate had just rejected the conference report on the bill and sent it back for two minor amendments. Despite concerns, Clayton was proven right when the Senate approved SB 84 the next day.
The SB 84 awards each of the four casinos in Kansas on three variations each, and grants the state’s professional sports teams the right to partner with sportsbook operators.
“Legalizing sports betting will bring more revenue to our state and grow our economy,” Governor Kelly said Thursday. However, the bill also includes a measure that would allow sports teams to benefit from betting profits if they move to Kansas. The legislation directs 80% of sports betting revenue to this fund.
With the legal sports betting market now in the bag, Kansan bettors can allow themselves to dream of luring the bosses back to their legitimate side in Kansas City.
One giant step, more needed
While the bill that Minnesota House approved Thursday allows for retail and online sports betting, there are several sections on HF 778 within the House and Senate. according to Star Tribunewas the bill Made with important inputs from 11 tribal nations in the state.
Gives the 11 tribes in Minnesota a monopoly on retail betting and online sports betting
House introduced HF 778 in March. It gives the 11 tribes in Minnesota a monopoly on both retail and online sports betting, although they can create online appearances for both the likes of DraftKings or FanDuel. However, the Senate proposal would allow in-person betting at Minnesota’s professional sports team sites and race tracks, which would likely be a bargain for the tribes.
The bill is now heading to the Senate. With less than two weeks left before lawmakers take their summer vacation, only a brave bettor will support Houses’ approval before May 23 to give Minnesota a legal marketplace for sports betting in 2022.