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Arizona Sports Bill to Pass 2nd Time Round?


The second attempt to make sports betting legal in the state of Arizona could meet a more favorable response than its predecessor. According to Senator Sonny Borelli, the origin bill SB 1158 was stuck at the Commerce Committee phase because of its conflicts with tribal interests. However, the second bill SB 1163 will be more accommodative. It will be presented for a state hearing this Tuesday.

If the second bill is accepted, the Indian Nations in the state will get exclusive rights for offering sports wagering. The tribes will also be entitled to become kiosk operators. They will also be allowed to set up sports betting terminals in clubs and bars, provided they pay a rental or participate in profit/revenue sharing arrangement with the venue owner. However, the bill will also encourage them to move beyond the limits of their reservations and start co-operating with commercial outlets and other private operators.

Borelli talked to and said he wants to take advantage of existing technology with the kiosk. He said that he wants these kiosks to be put into a liquor-licensed bar, private clubs, and beer-and-wine. It is also important for the sports betting options to be easily accessible to the users since the senator’s bill has no provisions for mobile wagering. The state’s residents will also find it difficult to go to the 24 tribal casinos every time they want to wager.

Borelli’s bill also states that every federally recognized Indian tribe that has entered the tribal-state gaming compact according to chapter 6 of the bill. Sports betting operations are defined in subsection B. A wholly owned subsidiary of the Indians could be considered the same as an Indian tribe and will enjoy the same rights as the tribe. No other entities are allowed to operate sports betting in the region.

Indian tribes are authorized to operate sports betting using kiosks or another similar kind of machines. Venues that have “a bar license, beer, and wine bar license or a private club license” issues in accordance with title 4. The subsection also states that the tribes are not allowed to operate more gaming devices than allowed in section “25 5-601.2 or any successor tribal-state gaming compact, whichever is then currently applicable to the tribe.”