Legislative progress underway for Iowa Tribe’s sports gambling agreement with Kansas • Kansas Reflector

In July 2023, the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation became the first tribe in Kansas to complete the sports-wagering process. The Senate approved the tribe’s revised compact 27-8 and it was endorsed 93-27 in the House. The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska also recently amended its gambling compact with the state to allow sports wagering on reservation land in northeast Kansas. This joint committee vote was unanimous and needs approval from both chambers of the Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly before being submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior for review.

The Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association paved the way for sports betting expansion in states and on tribal lands across the country, including Kansas. Following this decision, a mobile and retail sports gambling bill was approved by the Legislature in 2022, which allowed various state-licensed casinos to offer sports betting services, such as Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, Kansas Star Casino, and Kansas Crossing Casino.

Tribes in Kansas have also been able to participate in sports gambling on professional and collegiate events through a different procedure for regulatory approval. Tribal casinos interested in sports betting must request approval from the governor and engage in negotiations to amend their compact with the state. According to Justin Whitten, chief counsel to Gov., this revised compact allows for in-person sports wagering on reservation land held by tribes such as

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