The state of Kansas took a major step toward expanding gambling on Wednesday when Senate lawmakers passed a sports wagering bill by a 23-15 vote.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration, and if successful there, a potential signature from Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat. The Sunflower State is one of more than 20 states in 2020 considering sports betting legislation. There are 14 states currently with legal sports wagering taking place. Additionally, six states have passed laws but aren’t yet live with their respective industries.

More than $18 billion has been legally wagered on sports nationwide since the mid-2018 Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

The Kansas legislation, Senate Bill 283, would allow both retail sportsbooks and online/mobile platforms under the regulation of the Kansas Lottery. The bill was introduced Jan. 21, taking about a month to reach a full Senate vote. The Senate debate Wednesday lasted more than four hours, according to local reports.

The passage comes as neighboring Colorado gears up to begin legal sports wagering in May and Missouri to the east considers its own policy proposals to legalize and regulate the activity. Without a legal market, Kansas would likely soon be sandwiched between two states that would take its sports gambling dollars.WIN REAL MONEY NOW AT CHUMBA CASINO ONLINE!