If March isn’t maddening enough, there is a Missouri sports betting bill on the agenda this week.
Senate Bill 30 (SB30) is scheduled as a bill for “perfection” during the Show Me State’s Senate session. The Senate had a three-hour session late Monday afternoon but the bill did not come up before the Senate adjourned at 7 pm CST. It remains on the agenda for Tuesday's session, scheduled to start at 1 p.m..
What is perfection of a bill?
If a bill is reported favorably out of committee, or a substitute is recommended, it is placed on the “perfection calendar” and when its turn comes up for consideration it is debated on the floor of the originating house. In this case, the state Senate.
When SB30 gets its turn, the bill will be debated and any amendments can be made .
Perfection is usually voted on a voice vote, but on the request of five members, a roll call shall be taken. If a majority of members vote to perfect, the bill is reprinted in its original or amended form.
SB 30 either will have a third reading and pass in the senate session or be sent back to the Senate’s Appropriations committee.
More About SB30
Sponsored by Republican state Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, SB 30 is a pure sports wagering bill that would legalize retail sports betting at the state’s casinos, but more important it would allow for mobile sports betting. The proposal also would create “sport districts” around major sports facilities in the state to allow for betting.
The proposed bill has gotten strong support from just about all the major sports teams most closely affected, including the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), St. Louis Blues (NHL) and others.
It also addresses compulsive gambling to establish programs to provide treatment, prevention and education services in the state and also requires the Missouri Gaming Commission (MGC) to conduct a socioeconomic study every five years on the impact of gaming.
Last month state Sen. Denny Hoskins talked to BetMissouri.com about the importance of getting the right legislation for legal wagering in the state.
Many in Missouri feel there is urgency on the matter since neighboring Kansas has been up and running since last September.
Stay with BetMissouri.com for updates on sports betting legislation.