Efforts to authorise sports wagering in the Missouri hit a brick wall on Wednesday as proponents of video lottery terminals (VLT) sought to introduce a number of poison pill amendments to the bill.
Senate Bill 30 – which has the support of both casinos and major professional sports teams – seeks to legalise sports wagering in Missouri.
All of the state’s neighbours have either authorised sports betting, or are in the process of doing so. Last week, the Kentucky governor, Andy Beshear, signed House Bill 551 into law, paving the way for state-wide sports betting, and making Missouri one of the final states in the region to legalise the activity.
The proposed law – introduced by Senator Tony Luetkemeyer – is the companion bill to House Bill 556, which was sponsored by a bi-partisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats.
Casinos in Missouri – many of which are casino boats – will be able to partner with up to three operators
The legislation would allow each licensed casino in the sta..