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Two Missouri Bills Seek to Legalize Sports Betting

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, employees prepare to take bets moments before the new sports book at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City, N.J., opened. Most of the states that moved quickly to legalize sports betting after a Supreme Court decision last year are still waiting for the expected payoff. Only New Jersey and Delaware saw the tax revenue to their state budgets meet projections. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)

(Missourinet) Missouri is one of 18 states who has not yet legalized sports betting. In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting, allowing states in America to legalize that type of gambling if they want. A state House committee is reviewing a bill sponsored by Representative Dan Houx of west-central Missouri’s Warrensburg that would let adults 21 and older place bets on sporting events.

Bob Priddy, a private citizen of Jefferson City, says he opposes the bill. He says it does not protect the state’s interests to provide funding that helps veterans, education and the communities where the casinos are located.

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