Oklahoma lawmakers react to the possibility of legal sports betting

Could another attempt to legalize sports betting in Oklahoma work? One state lawmaker thinks so, filing new legislation just last week.| MORE | Legalizing sports betting in Oklahoma could have new energy after Gov. Stitt weighs in “I’m ecstatic about that and I had a conversation with the governor yesterday to set up a time to get together with him to look over this legislation,” said state Rep. Ken Luttrell, (R) Ponca City. Luttrell reacted to a tweet from the governor on Tuesday, saying that he supports sports betting in Oklahoma as long as it is fair and prioritizes funding education. His office did not provide additional comment on Wednesday.”Hopefully, I can reassure him that the percentages that are in this bill, on the fees are fair, fair to the tribes, and fair to all Oklahomans,” Luttrell said.In its current version, the legislation would create a new compact that tribes could choose to enter into. In-person and mobile sports betting is on the table but nothing has been set in stone regarding how a mobile app would work. Neighboring Kansas allows sports betting on a mobile device, as long as you’re connected to a Kansas cell tower.” It would be up to a tribe how they wanted to do it. Some tribes have geo-fenced so that the response has to be close to a casino or on casino grounds. Some other tribes have geofenced their traditional tribal boundaries,” Luttrell said. The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association hasn’t taken a position on the bill just yet, telling KOCO 5 they plan to meet with the tribes they represent and will proceed based on their decision.”We are currently reviewing Rep. Luttrell’s bill and will be meeting with association member Tribes to discuss. As in the past, we will proceed according to the consensus of our members,” said Matthew L. Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. The bill has to make it through several committees and floor votes bef ore it is law but Luttrell told KOCO 5 he’s confident he has the support to get it passed. The session starts on Feb. 6.

Could another attempt to legalize sports betting in Oklahoma work?

One state legislator thinks so, filing new legislation just last week.

| MORE | Legalizing sports betting in Oklahoma could have new energy after Gov. Stitt weighs in

“I’m ecstatic about that and I had a conversation with the governor yesterday to set up a time to get together with him to look over this legislation,” said state Rep. Ken Luttrell, (R) Ponca City.

Luttrell reacted to a tweet from the governor on Tuesday, saying that he supports sports betting in Oklahoma as long as it is fair and prioritizes funding education. His office did not provide additional comment on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, I can reassure him that the percentages that are in this bill, on the fees are fair, fair to the tribes, and fair to all Oklahomans,” Luttrell said.

In its current version, the legislation would create a new compact that tribes could choose to enter into. In-person and mobile sports betting is on the table but nothing has been set in stone regarding how a mobile app would work.

Neighboring Kansas allows sports betting on a mobile device, as long as you’re connected to a Kansas cell tower.

“It would be up to a tribe how they wanted to do it. Some tribes have geo-fenced so that the response has to be close to a casino or on casino grounds. Some other tribes have geofenced their traditional tribal boundaries,” Luttrell said .

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association hasn’t taken a position on the bill just yet, telling KOCO 5 they plan to meet with the tribes they represent and will proceed based on their decision.

“We are currently reviewing Rep. Luttrell’s bill and will be meeting with association member Tribes to discuss. As in the past, we will proceed according to the consensus of our members,” said Matthew L. Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association .

The bill has to make it through several committees and floor votes before it is law, but Luttrell told KOCO 5 he’s confident he has the support to get it passed. The session starts on Feb. 6.

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