Sports betting legislation advances in Missouri House

Sports betting legislation advances in Missouri House

Article brief provided by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 20, 2023 8:38 PM
  • Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Missouri House gave first-round approval Monday to a plan to bring the state in line with its neighbors when it comes to legalized sports betting.

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The legislation, which has the backing of the state’s major league sports teams and casinos, needs one more vote in the lower chamber before moving to the Senate, where the issue has stalled in recent years.

The preliminary vote in the House was a near repeat of last year’s attempt to allow people to wager money on athletic events.

The House acted quickly in 2022, but the measure ran aground in the Senate amid arguments over whether sports betting should be tied to the thorny issue of video gambling in gas stations and convenience stores.