Kansas mobile sports betting bill introduced

Sports Betting

A bill to legalize sports betting in Kansas is making its way through the House and has passed through a second committee.

The bill passed the House Finance Committee on Tuesday and now goes to the Judiciary Committee. It passed the Commerce Committee last week.

“People just use shady websites, digital workarounds and other means to place bets,” said bill author Rep. Zach Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids. “What this bill is about is creating a legal marketplace that will displace that black market and in doing so provide consumer protection.”

The bill would only allow sports betting in Kansas through mobile devices and operators partnered with the authority.

The original sports betting bill in the House would have allowed legal sports wagering for anyone 18 or older, but Stephenson said Tuesday he will amend it to make 21 the legal age for sports betting.