TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas lawmakers are considering bringing sports betting to the state.
But even with an estimated $1.3 billion a year in wagering on the line, not everyone is on board.
A House committee hearing had a hearing Tuesday on a bill to allow the Kansas Lottery to offer sports betting in state-owned casinos, over the Internet and with mobile apps.
The bill is a response to a U.S. Supreme Court case in which New Jersey is trying to overturn a federal law banning sports betting in all but four states.
Hollywood Casino lobbyist Whitney Damron said sports betting should be limited to “brick-and mortar” locations to promote foot traffic.
Major League Baseball is neutral but wants both a share of profits and betting available on mobile devices if it is legalized.