Controversial Bill Would Allow Sports Betting in WA State
If the Washington State Senate votes to approve a bill allowing sports betting in WA state, it would head to Gov. Inslee's desk for his signature.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to send the bill to the full Senate for a vote, despite terms that Republican leaders and critics say would hurt smaller card rooms. It also contains an emergency clause that would prohibit it from being subject to a state wide voter referendum requiring 60% majority to pass. A number of Senators wanted the referendum clause removed, and expansion of the betting to certain non-tribal casinos.
The bill would limit the sports betting to Indian casinos only. Opponents say the measure sets up a tax-free scenario for Indian casinos that would hurt smaller card room type casinos who could not offer such sports activity.
The bill is expected to be voted on later this week or early next.