A new bill seeking to legalise sports wagering and video lottery terminals (VLTs) in Missouri has cleared the state’s House Special Committee (HCS).
Sponsored by State Representative Dan Shaul, the 31-page House Bill 2088 will now proceed to the House floor for further debate.
HB 2088 sets out proposals to legalise land-based, mobile and online sports betting in Missouri, with only licensed facilities permitted to offer wagering. Operators would need to pay an initial $25,000 (£19,209/€22,722) to apply for a licence.
The bill said that licensed operators would be able to contract a third party to conduct sports wagering at their facility and interactive betting, but only if they were also to secure a licence.