The Department of Revenue in Colorado is exploring its options related to sports betting in the state. It has also released a new document to the public, including a new item of public policy information to the citizens. The document highlights the different options related to the sector, its make-up, and its proposed management structure. It also suggests that the amendment for the sector will not be constitutional but statutory, helping create a new legal framework for sports betting.
Colorado has a long history of gambling, and its first casino Brown Saloon which opened in 1822 was also the first in the US. Casino gambling became legal only 1991 but only in some historic towns like Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek. The state lottery came into existence in 1993. The state has some restrictions in place for gambling which have only been loosened recently, especially increasing the maximum per bet to $100 instead of $5 and lifting the 2 am a curfew.
The state is relatively progressive in its policies, but its outings in the legalization of sports betting haven’t met fruitful results. The main point of friction is deciding what the legal implementation of the laws would look like. The state considered sports betting illegal and is not a part of the constitution per the Colorado criminal code. Therefore, the legislature will have the final say in deciding what the outcome of any sports bill would be.
This, however, is a good sign for those supporting legalization as the Colorado residents have been historically opposed to expanding gambling. Most recent sports betting legalization proposals have met the wrath of the citizens. The lawmakers will also have to consider the updates that the state infrastructure will need to allow sports betting. They will also have to decide where the proceeds from the taxes would go.
The Colorado Department of Revenue still has several points up its sleeve that it will consider before deciding the fate of sports betting in the state. It noted that there are four options to manage the sports betting industry. It could either be included on the Division of Racing, the Colorado Lottery, Division of Gaming or the department could create a new entity to manage its affairs.
The regulators will be helped with a licensing section and a mobile part. The tax for the purpose would lie between 6.5% to 16%, either on the net revenue or the adjusted gross proceeds. The department suggests that a high tax rate will drive the players away. The funds received from taxation will be used towards transportation and education in the state.