Kansas Lottery faces regulations hurdle ahead of sports betting start date

Kansas Lottery told to revise regulations ahead of sports betting start date
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The Kansas Lottery has been told to revise three of its proposed regulations before legalised sports gambling can start in the state in September.

As reported by AP via the National Post, Kansas Lottery officials have been tasked with the alterations after the regulations showed “specific shortcomings”.

The Kansas Lottery had previously earmarked September 1 as the date sports betting would commence, beginning at four state-owned casinos, but John Milburn, a Spokesman for Attorney General Derek Schmidt, said last week that these shortcomings must be “remedied” before legalised sports gambling can take place in Kansas.

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.

Stephen Durrell, Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery, remains confident that sports betting in the state will start on its target date.

Durrell told KSHB-TV on Friday that the necessary changes will be made in time for September 1.

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