On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law, legalizing sports betting in the state. With the passage, the state can enter into new gaming compacts with Indian tribes to include the new wagering option. The bill was easily able to pass within the state House and Senate.
Early on, an emergency clause was added to the bill and will take effect immediately. Legislature quickly rejected the idea of removing the clause, as it would have subjected the measure to a referendum that would require 60% approval to pass into law.
Sports betting was already taking place in the state in an unregulated manner and by adding the emergency clause, players would be protected early on. Supporters of the option fel…