Analysis: New Federal Legislation Would Allow Mobile Sports Betting On Tribal Land

Normally when the gaming world hears that federal legislation has been introduced, people cringe. The fear is that the federal government might screw up a system that otherwise works pretty well, most of the time.

With that said, there have been a few occasions in recent years where the federal government’s intervention could have been welcomed, at least by some in the gaming industry. One such area has been efforts to repeal the federal excise tax on sports betting handle.

More pressing, though, would be language to clarify the legality of mobile wagering under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act , or IGRA . New legislation to end the world’s problems?

On July 1 , Representative Lou Correa of California and Representative John Katko of New York introduced bipartisan bill H.R. 4308 in the House.

The bill would: remove Federal barriers regarding the offering of mobile wagers on Indian lands when the applicable State and Indian Tribe have reached an agreement, and for other purposes. The legislation is likely to be welcomed by many across the country, particularly as a growing number of tribes are seeking to revisit their compacts in the wake of US sports betting expansion. But this is not the first rodeo for this type of bill. Second act for federal legislation

Back in December 2019, New York Representative Anthony Brindisi introduced legislation with an identical purpose to this legislation.

Brindisi was defeated in the 2020 election by Claudia Tenney by 109 votes. His legislation to clarify the status of mobile […]

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