Kansas Gambling Bill



Kansas Gambling Bill

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One casino opened in Dodge City in December, and the one at Kansas Speedway is under construction. The debate over smoking overshadowed the reasons some senators are pushing the gambling bill.

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  • Kansas and Missouri are still talking about it. Missouri lawmakers recently heard testimony on a sports gambling bill, and the Kansas House just named a subcommittee to discuss the issue.
  • The bill passed Monday by the Kansas House requires casino and racetrack operators to provide 2 percent of their revenues to a fund for problem gambling and addiction. The bill in the Senate is.
  • On February 26, the Kansas state Senate passed a bill that would legalize sports betting after two years of haggling. Lawmakers had been hoping to have passed a bill prior to Super Bowl LIV.


The KRGC’s primary mission is to ensure that gambling at facilities with state owned casino games and pari-mutuel racetrack gambling is conducted with integrity. As a regulatory agency, our chief mission is to seek compliance. As a criminal justice agency, our charge is to enforce the law. We take these responsibilities seriously, and we require our licensees do as well.
At the present time, all pari-mutuel licenses for horse and dog racing in Kansas have lapsed and been revoked. No pari-mutuel racing has been conducted in Kansas since August 2008. The KRGC is currently responsible for the regulation of the Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City, the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg.
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Kansas is currently considering two different bills to legalize sports wagering. The introduction of these bills comes in wake of the landmark Supreme Court case Murphy v. NCAA in 2018. 1 In Murphy, the Supreme Court determined the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“the Act”)—a federal law which prohibited States from authorizing sports wagering. 2 The Supreme Court determined, amidst controversial policy considerations, the Act unconstitutional, allowing States to introduce their own sports betting legislation. 3 In reference to preemption arguments the Supreme Court stated, “there is simply no way to understand the provision prohibiting state authorization as anything other than a direct command to the States. And that is exactly what the anticommandeering rule does not allow.” 4

The Kansas House has introduced House Bill 2671, and the Kansas Senate has introduced Senate Bill 283. 5 The Kansas House heard testimony from various groups and organizations on March 12, 2020 but adjourned without voting on the bill. 6 Therefore, House Bill 2671 has not made it to the Kansas Senate yet. The Kansas Senate, on the other hand, passed its version of the sports gambling bill on February 26, 2020. 7 Senate Bill 283 will now move onto the Kansas House.

Kansas Gambling Bill

The two bills have some drastic differences but also some striking similarities. 8 House Bill 2671 makes the Kansas Lottery regulator and operator of sports betting, mandates “official league data,” and comes with a high tax rate. 9 Senate Bill 283 has about half the tax rate, “calls for state-wide mobile sports betting . . . and does not have an official league data mandate.” 10 Those opposed to House Bill 2671 cite to the high tax rate and the fact that there would be no limit on lottery kiosks—enabling sports betting anywhere. 11 However, both bills would allow for some form of an online sports wagering platform. 12 Both House Bill 2671 and Senate Bill 283 would also run—in at least some capacity—through the Kansas Lottery. 13 This could result in the Kansas Lottery having a monopoly over sports betting in Kansas, like the D.C. Lottery will likely see from passing a bill very similar to House Bill 2671. 14

It is highly unlikely both bills will progress through the Kansas House and Kansas Senate. One will surely outlive the other. “Many of those who [have already] testified” favor Senate Bill 283. 15 Senate Bill 283 is also closer to being enacted because it has successfully passed through the Kansas Senate. However, local and national concerns over the recent outbreak of COVID-19 will likely slow the progress of either bill.

Kansas Sports Gambling Bill

  1. 138 S. Ct. 1461 (2018).
  2. Id. at 1468.
  3. Id. at 1484–85.
  4. Id. at 1481.
  5. H.B. 2671, 2020 Leg., Reg. Sess. (Kan. 2020); S.B. 283, 2020 Leg., Reg. Sess (Kan. 2020).
  6. Jill R. Dorson, Operators Bash Kansas House Sports Betting Bill, SportsHandle (Mar. 12, 2020), https://sportshandle.com/kansas-sports-betting-operators-bash/.
  7. Jill R. Dorson, Kansas Sports Betting Moves Forward Amid Controversy, SportsHandle (Feb. 27, 2020), https://sportshandle.com/kansas-sports-betting-moves-forward/.
  8. See Dorson, Operators Bash Kansas House Sports Betting Bill, supra note 6.
  9. Id.
  10. Id.
  11. Id.
  12. See Kan. H.B. 2671;Kan. S.B. 283.
  13. Id.
  14. See Dorson, Operators Bash Kansas House Sports Betting Bill, supra note 6.
  15. Id.