Missouri Pursuing Multiple Avenues to Legalize Sports BettingJill R. Dorson, SportsHandle.com · March 13, 2018 at 8:45 amThough multiple bills to legalize sports betting in Missouri have stalled in committee, the state legislature did make a sliver of headway on the issue last week. Rather than pushing forward sports betting-specific bills, legislators met to discuss inserting new sports betting language into SB 767, a video gaming bill.SportsHandle has confirmed that such language was added to the bill late last week as a substitute. What’s interesting about the amendment (4671S.09F), proposed by Senator Denny Hoskins (R-District 21), the author of Missouri sports betting bill SB 1013 is that it reflects the wants of the state’s casino gaming industry, but backs off of the “integrity fee” favored by the NBA and Major League Baseball. That fee is included in Hoskins’ SB 1013 and HB 2535 — the “Sports Betting and Sports Protection Act” — introduced earlier in the session by Rep. Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis), but the most recent amendment to SB 767 makes it appear that the state is heading in a different direction. To see the amendment, click here.The state’s casino contingent did testify during a hearing in late February that it would support a bill with language similar to what’s now included in SB 767. The amendment, beginning with Section 313.1004 of the bill, was added during a hearing on March 6, but the bill has since been laid over and no additional action has yet been taken.