Missouri lawmakers expected to give sports betting another try

Missouri lawmakers are expected to again try to legalize sports gambling in the state when they convene in Jefferson City in January.

Multiple drafts of legislation that would legalize sports betting in Missouri have been circulating since May, according to Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres.

In May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that prohibited sports betting in most states. At least six states have legalized the practice since then.

Casino owners in the state support legalization, saying it would add $60 million to their annual revenue.

One estimate said legalization would bring an additional $18 million to $40 million of revenue for the state.

Last year, efforts to legalize gambling were slowed by the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, who sought legislation that would have given them a cut of gambling revenue to offset increased expenses arising from legal betting.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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