Kansas Senate

  • Senate Bill 84 now only needs the Governor’s approval to legalize sports betting in Kansas.
  • Outside of sports gambling, one of the main purposes of the bill was to convince pro teams to move to Kansas.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Senate Passed a bill late last night to bring sports betting to Kansas. Now all that’s left is a signature from governor Laura Kelly.

What Do I Need To Know About SB 84 In Kansas?

SB 84 passed through the Kansas Senate with a vote of 21-13. The bill will bring mobile, online, and retail sports betting to Kansas.

Retail sports betting will only be available at four casinos, although the casinos may partner with up to 50 businesses and professional sports facilities to offer sports betting kiosks on their property.

Each casino that offers sports betting is given three online sports betting licenses, with a conditional fourth if they partner with a professional sports team.

The bill will tax mobile, retail, and online sportsbooks 10% on their sports betting revenue. What makes this bill different from other legal sports betting bills around the country is what those taxes are used for.

Sports Betting Bill Attempting To Bring Professional Sports Teams To Kansas

Of the 10% tax rate on the profits that sportsbooks in Kansas make, SB 84 stipulates that 80% of that tax money is allocated to a fund that is to be used to lure professional sports teams to Kansas.

Generally speaking, one of the main goals of SB 84 was to get the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals to move from Kansas City, Missouri to Kansas City, Kansas.

The Chiefs had sparked rumors of their potential move across the Missouri River earlier this month, but having a fund dedicated by the state of Kansas to make that happen may make convincing them even easier.

The passage of SB 84 was not just a huge step forward for legal sports betting in Kansas, but it may have been a huge step towards bringing Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City Chiefs to Kansas.

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