Missouri moves closer to legalise sports betting

The sports betting bill still needs final approval in the House.
The sports betting bill still needs final approval in the House.

The House of Representatives has given initial approval to an amended bill that would allow the use of mobile sports wagering.

US.- Missouri House of Representatives has given initial approval to an amended bill that would allow the use of mobile devices for wagering on professional and collegiate sports in the state. The bill still needs final approval in the House.

Introduced by Republican Dan Houx, the bill would allow sports betting online, with a proposed launch date of August 28, just in time for NFL betting on the 2022 season. Bettors also would be able to place wagers in person at sports venues and in casinos.

Gambling boats would be awarded facility licences, and digital platforms would have to apply for an interactive sports platform licence and partner with a facility. Legislators have reduced the proposed tax rate from 10 per cent to 8 per cent.

It´s the fifth time Missouri lawmakers have considered legal sports betting since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned in May 2018. Four pieces of legislation – House Bills 1024, 619, 1364 and 730 – were sent to the state’s senate back in May 2021 but all died in the committee phase.

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