After legislators fail to pass a bill, petitions filed to let Missouri voters decide on sports betting

After legislators fail to pass a bill, petitions filed to let Missouri voters decide on sports betting

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  • Nick Sloan, KMBC-TV
September 9, 2023 12:16 PM

A new initiative is underway to possibly allow Missouri voters to have their say on the issue of sports betting. Four separate petitions were submitted Friday to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office with the aim of getting the matter placed on the 2024 ballot.

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The new effort follows closely on the heels of neighboring Kansas, which legalized sports betting last year.

Since its launch in September 2022, GeoComply, a company that specializes in geofencing data, recorded that Missouri residents made nearly 14 million attempts to place bets in Kansas.

Local professional sports teams haven’t been shy in expressing their disappointment with the standstill in Jefferson City, especially given the progress seen in neighboring states.