Kansas State Senate legalizes sports betting

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At the end of January of this year in Kansas, a new bill to legalize sports betting was introduced at the state legislature. The project was not adopted because, according to the Senate, it needed to be finalized. At the end of February, the commission received a revised version with amendments. According to the changes in the document, Kansas Lottery (Kansas Lottery) – a charter member of the Interstate Lottery Association (MUSL) – will become a gambling regulator, but will not be able to offer its own sports betting platform. The company has been instructed to develop a clear betting settlement by October 31, 2021, with the expectation that this market should already start operating in 2022. It is important to add that there is also a proposal to allocate two percent of gross income to combat growing gambling addiction. The legal age limit for live or online sports betting must be over 21 years of age. With regard to tax changes, operators will be thrown off two percent – for land-based bookmakers, the tax fee will be reduced from 7.5 to 5.5 percent, and for online operators from ten to eight percent, respectively. Recall that Kansas joined the sports betting legalization bill back in 2018 with its proposals for the necessary amendments.

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