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Sports activities betting will likely be a precedence subsequent legislative session: Missouri lawmakers – WDAF FOX4 Kansas Metropolis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lawmakers on either side of the aisle say Missouri is enjoying a dropping hand after not legalizing sports activities betting. 

It’s an enormous query many Missourians need to know: When will I legally be allowed to position a wager on faculty or skilled sports activities groups?

Each Senate and Home management this week stated it’s a precedence.

“I feel it’s ridiculous,” stated Senate Minority Chief John Rizzo, D-Independence. “I’ve associates which might be going to Kansas each weekend. They stand up early, they go to Kansas, they make their bets, and so they come again to observe the soccer sport.”

All through the nation, 36 states have legalized sports activities betting, together with all of Missouri’s neighbors. Earlier this month, sports activities wagering went reside in Kansas days earlier than the NFL season began. 

“Over 340,000 makes an attempt by Missourians to entry Kansas sports activities books, 57% of these makes an attempt got here from Kansas Metropolis, Missouri,” stated Rep. Kurtis Gregory, R-Marshall.

The committee met to debate a sports betting bill Rep. Dan Houx, R-Warrensburg, filed for particular session. Houx advised members he proposed the invoice to maintain the dialog ongoing after lawmakers did not move it throughout common session. 

“It’s positively to maintain it within the forefront to indicate Missourians at the very least the Home is attempting to do the whole lot that we promised them we might do,” Houx stated Monday. 

In keeping with the Kansas Lottery, within the first two weeks of sports activities betting within the Sunflower State, 2.4 million bets have been positioned. The corporate GeoComply stated 16,000 people tried to make a bet in Missouri the primary day sports activities betting was authorized in Kansas however have been blocked. Of these individuals, 60% of them have been in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. 

Houx’s laws, House Bill 4, is just like what was earlier than lawmakers this spring, permitting these 21 and older to position wagers on faculty {and professional} groups, however would impose a ten% tax charge on sports activities bets, estimated to herald $16 million to the state yearly. 

“We all know right here within the Midwest there’s a great urge for food for sports activities, and we’d assume Missouri isn’t any totally different,” stated Sean Ostrow with the Sports activities Betting Alliance, who represents Bally’s, BetMGM, Fanatics, FanDuel and DraftKings sports activities books. 

Ostrow stated that throughout the first weekend of sports activities betting in Kansas, the Sports activities Betting Alliance noticed 132,000 new customers. 

A giant level of rivalry this previous session was what to do with video lottery video games like slot machines. Lawmakers name them “gray” machines. These slot machines comprise no shopper protections and say that somebody will win two out of each 100 instances, however there are not any legal guidelines regulating that. It’s estimated that there are 20,000 “gray” machines all through the state, however Houx’s invoice doesn’t embody any language to handle it. 

The Missouri Gaming Affiliation represents the state’s 13 casinos. In comparison with different states, Kansas’ tax charge on sports activities bets is 10%, Illinois’ charge is 17%, Nebraska and Tennessee are 20% and Arkansas is between 13% and 20%. 

The Common Meeting is at present again in Jefferson Metropolis for a particular session to chop revenue taxes and to reauthorize tax credit for farmers. The percentages of the laws passing throughout this session are low. 

“Sports activities betting is clearly past the decision and doesn’t relate to Gov. Parson’s subjects within the name,” the governor’s communications director Kelli Jones stated Monday. “I don’t anticipate the decision being expanded to incorporate sports activities betting.”

Missourians aren’t the one ones who need to place bets on gamers and groups. Representatives from the Royals, Kansas Metropolis Present, St. Louis Metropolis SC, Blues, and Cardinals additionally testified in favor of legalizing sports activities wagering. 

“We wish to see it handed, and we predict this can be a great way for us to maintain this situation within the forefront,” stated Wealthy Aubuchon, lobbyist for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

When requested about sports activities betting throughout a press convention Wednesday, Senate Majority Chief Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, stated will probably be a precedence subsequent session. 

“We glance dumb, so let’s repair it,” Rowden stated. 

Rizzo stated it is not sensible that Missourians can waste their life financial savings at a on line casino and when you have a medical license, you should buy marijuana, however he can’t wager on Chief quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

“I completely agree with the ground chief, these chambers appear like fools for not getting it accomplished,” Rizzo stated. “I hope it will get accomplished, I hope Patrick Mahomes is the MVP and I hope that the Chief wins the Tremendous Bowl and I can wager on it.”

Incoming Speaker of the Home Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, stated Thursday he additionally plans to make sports activities betting a precedence subsequent session. He stated it’s one thing that already ought to have been accomplished. 

Parson’s particular session name is to decrease the state’s revenue tax charge from 5.3% right down to 4.8% and to reauthorize tax credit for farmers for at the very least six years. 

In keeping with the Nationwide Council on Downside Playing, round 92,000 Missourians are at present combating a playing drawback, rating Missouri thirty third out of fifty states. Final yr, there have been 4,000 calls and texts to the Nationwide Downside Playing Hotline from Missouri.

When you or somebody you recognize is combating a playing drawback, assist is accessible.
Discover assets from the Kansas Behavioral Health Services, Kansas Gambling Help, or name the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700.

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