JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Some Missouri Republican lawmakers want to legalize sports betting in the state.
The 2021 legislative session starts at the Capitol in just a few weeks and three senators filed a similar bill to legalize sports betting, something nearly all of Missouri’s surrounding states have already done. The senators said by legalizing sports betting could bring nearly $50 million to the state in revenue, which would go towards education.
“What I’ve seen and what I’ve talked to many Missourians about is many of them are either number one, using an illegal app to currently make those bets on different professional sports teams, or they are literally driving across the state line,” said one of the bill sponsors Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrenburg.