With bill signed, sports betting is coming to tribal casinos

The new law allows wagering on most college and professional sporting events.

OLYMPIA — It will soon be possible in Washington to bet on college and professional sporting events, but only at tribal casinos.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing sports betting, although wagers will not be allowed on minor league baseball and contests involving public or private colleges based in Washington.

Under House Bill 2638, the governor would need to negotiate a new or amended compact with any tribe wishing to offer betting in their casino. Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, authored the legislation.

Inslee left in place an emergency clause enabling the law to take effect immediately. This precludes anyone from attempting to repeal the bill with a referendum on the fall ballot.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 struck down a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting in most states. More than a dozen states, including Oregon, have done so.

Talk to us

More in Local News

First state prisoner tests positive for COVID-19, in Monroe

The man is the first person in Washington to contract the disease while in a state prison.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Monday news conference here

He is to be joined by the state superintendent to give an update on the coronavirus response.

Are Snohomish County hospitals ready for the COVID-19 peak?

As they prepare for a wave of patients, local workers share fears and hopes for their safety.

Lynnwood settles with man who was jailed over stolen coffee

The city paid $20,000 to the legally deaf man, who claimed he was wrongfully imprisoned and beaten.

Stave off stay-at-home boredom and go for a drive

With the roads so empty and few entertainment options outside the house, it’s time for a joyride.

Boeing extends temporary shutdown of Puget Sound plants

The company had planned to reopen on Wednesday. About 60 Everett employees have tested positive.

A message from The Daily Herald’s publisher

The importance of an independent press in challenging times.

1.2 million students won’t return to classrooms anytime soon

The governor has extended a statewide closure through June 19 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ailing Everett couple gambles on trial drug for COVID-19 cure

Now they wonder if the experiment they had joined is the reason they survived the deadly disease.

Most Read