Kansas receives sports betting blow after regulations rejected

Kansas sports betting regulations require modification
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The Kansas Lottery has less than two weeks to make necessary tweaks to its sports betting regulations after some of its proposals were rejected by the Attorney General’s office.

As reported by AP via the National Post, Kansas Lottery officials have been told to modify three of its proposals ahead of September 1, which had been earmarked as the start of legalized sports betting in the state.

This was set to begin at four state-owned casinos and earn Kansas the honour of becoming the quickest state to go from legalization to launch date.

However, that is now in jeopardy after John Milburn, a Spokesman for Attorney General Derek Schmidt, revealed there are “specific shortcomings that must be remedied”.

When Kansas lawmakers approved sports wagering this year, they removed oversight of proposed regulations from other state agencies, leaving only the Attorney General’s office to check for errors made “in the hurried drafting of regulations that affect millions of dollars in wagering activity, and we take that responsibility seriously,” Milburn said in last week’s statement.

Milburn added that the Attorney General’s office is expediting its review of proposed regulations submitted by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.

There remains optimism from the Kansas Lottery that the revised regulations can be pushed through ahead of the September 1 start date, though, with Stephen Durrell, Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery, informing KSHB-TV on Friday that he is confident everything will be finalised in time.

The returned regulations generally involve such things as legal definitions, marketing agreements and advertising rules.