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Washington governor signs sports betting legislation

25 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The 25 federally recognized tribes of the Washington Indian Gaming Association, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe joined together to support legislation authorizing sports wagering subject to the terms of tribal-state gaming compacts.

On 25 March, Governor Inslee signed the sports betting legislation into law. This bill was passed by a State Senate super-majority with strong bipartisan support, 34-15, and previously passed the House of Representatives with two minor amendments.

“Washington Tribes have a deep historical experience overseeing responsible gaming for three decades,” said W. Ron Allen, Chairman and CEO at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

“We have a trusted, successful partnership with the state where we have effectively managed gaming in a controlled environment and avoided widespread expansion. The partnership between tribes and the state is critically important in ensuring that sports betting in Washington is safe, honest, and well regulated.”

Authorizing sports wagering in this controlled and limited manner will help tribes continue to provide essential governmental services to both tribal members and the broader non-tribal community, while minimizing a large expansion of gambling and problem gaming challenges. Plus, the legislation will keep sports betting revenues in Washington—benefiting all Washingtonians.

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