The Kansas attorney general’s office said it has now approved three of the Kansas Lotterysports betting regulations. The new decision follows an earlier announcement that the bureau would be returning to the lottery several rules relating to definitions, marketing agreements and advertising for the upcoming industry. In addition, lottery officials reassured Kansans that the date set for the sports games will be respected..
The Kansas sports betting bill was approved by the state legislature this spring, after years of debate, and was signed into law by Governor Kelly in May. Last week, officials announced that the state would launch sports betting on September 1 thanks to a “soft launch” at noon that day, with an official start scheduled for September 8.
However, shortly thereafter, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said it had identified “significant legal issues” with the Kansas Lottery’s proposed regulations., and that it would provide formal feedback to the lottery “within days”, giving it the opportunity “to correct legal shortcomings”. Since no specific timeline for resolving these issues was provided during this announcement, statements from the office have caused some confusion in the process.
But the Kansas Lottery has now allayed concerns about the start date. “This is a normal course of business with the lottery and the attorney general’s officeand the Lottery is confident that any issues that the Attorney General has potentially identified will be resolved very quickly,” Kansas Lottery public information officer Cory Thone said Friday, according to FOX4.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed the sports betting bill into law in May.
While it’s still unclear what provisions Derek Schmidt’s office opposes, Kansas Reflector Journalist Tim Carpenter said in a recent interview that he doesn’t think the issues between the two parties will stop people from being able to bet by September 1.. “Certainly, state government is more effective and efficient than that,” Carpenter said.
Legalized gambling would thus be made available in time for the first game of the NFL season, on September 8, with mobile and retail betting already available in pre-launch.. Governor Laura Kelly said casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane, Pittsburg and Kansas City are being granted one-year provisional licenses under temporary rules. Tribal casinos are currently working with state officials on expanded pacts to launch sports games as well.
“This will drive businesses to sporting events, casinos, restaurants and other entertainment venues – just in time for football season,” Governor Kelly tweeted last week., following the September launch announcement. The law imposes a 10% state tax on wagering, with the majority of revenue going to a fund to attract professional sports teams to Kansas.
Ahead of the launch, the players in the game started posting their plans for the upcoming market. Last week, Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City announced that it has received approval for its Kansas Lottery sports betting management contract. The site has sports betting platform agreements with DraftKings and Bally Company.