Oklahoma Rep. Ken Luttrell Files Bill To Legalize Sports Betting

Oklahoma State Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – State Representative Ken Luttrell, R-Ponca City, has filed House Bill 3008 – a bill that would add in-person sports betting to the Oklahoma state-tribal gaming compact.

“I have had conversations with our gaming tribes during the interim to gauge their interest on this topic,” said Luttrell. “I feel the time is right for Oklahoma to partner with the tribes and ensure a level, competitive gaming playing field with the surrounding states. Illegal sports betting occurs throughout Oklahoma, and figures I obtained from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) show 11 offenses recently with tens of thousands of dollars seized. This reflects only a fraction of what actually occurs in our state. The Oxford Economics Group estimates that legal sports betting would generate $240 million in revenue for Oklahoma and create over 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. This legislation just makes sense.”

Legislators have until Jan. 20, to formally introduce bills and joint resolutions for the upcoming session which begins Feb. 7.