Push for legal sports betting continues in Missouri; bill headed to Senate

In 2022, after attempts to legalize sports betting in Missouri failed for the second straight year, on March 22, 2023, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Dan Houx – that would allow individuals who live in the “Show Me State” to place bets on major sporting events – saw a landslide victory in the Republican-led House, passing 118-35.

When the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional in May 2018, it left the decision up to each state whether to legalize sports betting within its borders. Since that time, with the exception of Nevada where sports betting has been legal for decades, it is now legal in 33 states (Maine and Nebraska are close) and Washington, D.C., including 24 jurisdictions that allow …