This week an Arizona Senate Committee hearing on the allowing sportsbetting at tribal casinos has been delayed, as lawmakers are looking to amend the bill.
The hearing was set to have its first hearing last Thursday in front of the Commerce Committee, but has been pushed off so that the bill can be amended, as it currently has a provision that requires it to have a two-thirds approval by each house in order to pass through to the governor. That is being removed in order to allow time to ratify rules to operate the industry, which would see wagers accepted at tribal casinos as well as bars that align with the groups.
Those that want to wager would have to be 21 or older, and 8% of gross gaming revenue would be paid to the state for taxes. There are currently 43 tribal casinos in Arizona, meaning that the industry could benefit from legalized betting, as there is a state population of just over 7 million.
We'll be following this bill and updating CL readers as we learn more. As of press time, no new date for the hearing was available.