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Missouri legislative session ends without legal sports betting


A bill that would permit sports wagering in Missouri made progress in the state House last week, but the legislative session ended before it could be passed to become law.

House Bill 2752, which was sponsored by Representative Dave Griffith, was first introduced on February 23rd 2022. It was read for the first time that day, then for the second time the following day.

After then stalling for months, it was referred to the Special Committee on Public Policy on May 13. However, this was the same day as the state’s 2022 legislative session ended, and with no committee hearing held, sports betting was not passed during this year’s legislative session.

A similar bill, House Bill 2502, was also not passed during the session.

HB2752 would have repealed a number of sections in the Revised Statutes of Missouri and replace them with 17 new sections, allowing sports wagering to take place in the state.

Under the bill, sports wagering adjusted gross receipts would be subject to tax of 21%, the same as all gambling in the state.

Operators that wish to apply for a sports betting license or an interactive sports betting license must pay an application fee of $50,000.

Those who obtain an interactive sports betting license must pay an annual renewal fee of $20,000.

During the legislative session a number of other sports betting bills were introduced in the state and made some progress.