April 23, 2024 3:11 pm
Legislative progress underway for Iowa Tribe’s sports gambling agreement with Kansas • Kansas Reflector

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska recently reached a deal to allow sports wagering on reservation land in northeast Kansas. This was after the committee unanimously voted to amend the state’s gambling compact with the tribe. The agreement, which needs approval from both chambers of the Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly before being submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior for review, was endorsed by the Committee on Inter-Tribal Relations.

The Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation was the first tribe in Kansas to complete the sports-wagering process, having approved their revised compact in July 2023. The Senate approved the compact 27-8 and it was endorsed 93-27 in the House. Russ Brien, a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, mentioned that this compact is similar to the one approved last year for the Prairie Band nation.

In 2018, following a US Supreme Court decision in Murphy v National Collegiate Athletic Association, sports betting expanded across states and tribal lands throughout Kansas. After years of debate, lawmakers passed a mobile and retail sports gambling bill that went into effect in 2022. This bill applied to various state-licensed casinos like Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, Kansas Star Casino, and Kansas Crossing Casino.

However, tribes in Kansas have a different regulatory approval process for participating in sports gambling on professional and collegiate events compared to state-licensed casinos. Tribal casinos interested in sports betting must request approval from Governor Kelly and engage in negotiations to amend their compact with her government body before they can begin operations legally within their reservation land boundaries

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