CASPER, Wyo. — A bill that would legalize online sports wagering and fantasy sports contest in Wyoming is headed back to the House of Representatives after the Senate passed the legislation on a third reading 24-5 vote on Monday, March 26.
Since the Senate adopted amendments to House Bill 133, the legislation will return to the House who will consider whether to concur with the changes to the legislation. The House passed the bill on third reading on a 32-28 vote on March 10.
If the effort becomes law, the Wyoming Gaming Commission would regulate online sports wagering which the commission estimates could be a $449 million market.
Senate amendments to the bill include the following changes:
- move the effective date of the legislation back from July 1, 2021 to Sept. 1, 2021
- removes a provision to allow the Wyoming Gaming Commission to issue temporary permits to sports wagering operators currently operating in good standing in other states
- adds a requirement that the Wyoming Gaming Commission create a compliance program to review whether online sports wagering operators are operating within the bounds of the proposed law
- adds a requirement that any permit holders allowed to operate online sports wagering activities disclose when they change their names
- adds a requirement that online sports wagering permit holders disclose any arrests, guilt pleas, disciplinary actions, civil actions against them or license denials in Wyoming or other states
- creates a procedure for an operator seeking a permit who is denied to appeal, ask for reconsideration from the Wyoming Gaming Commission
- reworks a section of the bill dealing with what grounds are cause for denial of a permit to include theft crimes, bribery crimes, felonies and other crimes or failing to cooperate in a gambling or corruption case; also adds that tampering with permit application documentation is grounds for denial
The Senate’s 24-5 vote on House Bill 133 was as follows:
- Ayes: ANDERSON, BALDWIN, BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, COOPER, ELLIS, FRENCH, FURPHY, GIERAU, HICKS, JAMES, KINSKEY, KOLB, KOST, LANDEN, MCKEOWN, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, PERKINS, ROTHFUSS, SALAZAR, SCHULER, WASSERBURGER
- Nays: CASE, DOCKSTADER, HUTCHINGS, SCOTT, STEINMETZ
- Excused: DRISKILL
The bill nearly died in the House on third reading. Their initial 28-32 vote on Tuesday, March 9 was reversed on March 10 after Rep. Mike Yin (Teton County) motioned for the House to reconsider the legislation. Since Yin voted on the prevailing side (voted no) on Tuesday, he was able to make this motion for reconsideration.
The House’s third reading 32-28 vote on House Bill 133 was as follows:
- Ayes: ANDREW, BAKER, BANKS, BROWN, BURKHART, BURT, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, DUNCAN, GREEAR, HARSHMAN, HENDERSON, HUNT, KINNER, BARLOW, MACGUIRE, NEWSOME, NICHOLAS, O’HEARN, OBERMUELLER, OLSEN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, ROSCOE, SCHWARTZ, SHERWOOD, SOMMERS, STITH, SWEENEY, WALTERS, YIN, ZWONITZER
- Nays: BEAR, BLACKBURN, CLAUSEN, CLIFFORD, EKLUND, EYRE, FLINTER, FORTNER, GRAY, HALLINAN, HAROLDSON, HEINER, JENNINGS, KNAPP, LARSEN, L, LAURSEN, D, MARTINEZ, NEIMAN, OAKLEY, OTTMAN, SIMPSON, STYVAR, WASHUT, WESTERN, WHARFF, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WINTER