Missouri lawmakers are preparing to take a close look at legalizing sports betting in the upcoming legislative session.
Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer (R-Buchanan) has already pre-filed Senate Bill (SB) 30, which he says would create $10-20 million in annual funding for Missouri schools through the legalization of sports betting. Several other policymakers are backing the effort as Missouri looks to join six of its eight neighboring states that already have legal sports gambling markets.
Part of the plan contains allocations for gambling treatment centers. Luetkemeyer said that regulating sports betting would stop the influx of illegal gambling attempts and scams.