Missouri Legislators are considering bills to legalize sports gambling statewide after the U.S Supreme Court (2018) repealed a federal regulation. The Supreme Court now allows states to decide how to handle sports gambling on their own. We currently have bingo, lottery, horse racing, fantasy sports, and casinos which are legal under current law.
The court paved the way for states to decide how to handle sports betting when it struck down in 1992 federal law which has prohibited sports betting after hearing Murphy vs. National Collegiate Athletic Association, a case that had been pending for five years.
Since then, eight states have legalized sports betting and 29 states including Missouri, have introduced bills that have not yet held a vote.
Sports betting is conducted with chips, tokens, electronic cards, USD or other negotiable currency. If the bill is passed, bets would be available to be placed at any of the 13 riverboat casinos or through an online account. Anyone wanting to open a wagering account would simply go to casino, open an account, and then wager.
State representative Lincoln Hough has been leading the charge and the Missouri Economic Development committee passed the bill which is now scheduled for final reading and vote.
Revenue would help support Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College.