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Missouri is new to the conversation surrounding sports betting, but it’s moving forward with diligence. A handful of relevant bills appeared for the first time in 2018.
Missouri legislators considered legalizing sports betting again in 2019 but failed to move a bill.
Two prefiled Missouri sports betting bills in the Senate include what operators seem to hate the most: integrity fees paid to pro leagues.
This week's recap runs through recent sports betting hearings in Missouri and Washington, plus the scuttling of a special session in Connecticut.
The latest hearing included testimony from multiple industry experts that all supported mobile Missouri sports betting and a competitive tax structure.
As in most states, gambling in Missouri was originally prohibited by state law.
In the time since the initial prohibitions were written, they have been amended to allow for bingo, lottery and pull tabs, as well as traditional casino gaming. The state has more than a dozen riverboat casinos which operate most forms of gambling.
Some casino games, such as blackjack and craps, are listed as “games of skill” under the amendments. Daily fantasy sports was also classified as such when it was legalized in 2016.
For the time being, though, Missouri law prohibits sports betting.
No. State lawmakers first introduced bills to legalize sports betting in 2018 and 2019.
The Missouri Gaming Commission oversees most forms of gaming and gambling in the state. Under current proposals, the MGC would also have jurisdiction over MO sports betting.
Nowhere currently. Most of the active bills would allow sports betting at the state’s existing gambling facilities and on mobile devices.
Nobody is currently permitted to offer sports betting in Missouri. If that changes, the state’s existing gambling facilities could be allowed to do so. There is also proposed legislation on the table which would allow licensed DFS operators to offer sports betting.
The legal gambling age in Missouri is 21.
Probably. Most of the current bills include provisions for mobile and internet wagering.
There are a lot of Missouri sports betting bills on the table. Each of them directs the MGC to promulgate sports betting regulations in the event that federal prohibitions go away.
Here are the bills in the House:
The three House bills are all on the “second reading” phase, an early step in the legislative process.
There are also three active bills in the Senate:
The appearance of the integrity fee in Hoskins’ bill is not surprising.
As states continue to introduce sports betting legislation, leagues have begun to hire lobbyists to push their interests. Lawyers for the NBA and MLB created a document which lays out five inclusions they require to support bills on the topic. The integrity fee, which allows the leagues to profit directly from the activity, is the biggest sticking point with lawmakers.
Proposed integrity fees amount to one percent of the total amount wagered (or handle) paid directly to the leagues’ governing body.