State Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) presides over the Missouri Senate on January 19, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Harrison Sweazea at Senate Communications)

Hoskins says sports wagering and slot machine legislation would bring millions of dollars to Missouri

State Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) presides over the Missouri Senate on January 19, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Harrison Sweazea at Senate Communications)

The Missouri Senate Economic Development Committee chairman supports an all-inclusive gaming agenda this year, including sportsbook and slot machines.

State Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) tells 939 the Eagle’s “Wake Up Columbia” that he’s hopeful a gaming bill will pass this year. He’s filed Senate Bill 643 and several other bills.

“There’s 30-plus states now that do allow sportsbook where you can bet on the MU Tigers or the Kansas City Chiefs or the St. Louis Cardinals or the Royals or Blues and things like that,” Senator Hoskins says.

Hoskins notes that neighboring Illinois and Iowa have legalized sports wagering.

He’s also filed legislation to tax and regulate video lottery terminals (VLT’s), which are slot machines. He’s predicted that his slot machine legislation would raise $250-million annually for k-12 education and for veterans homes.

Meantime, Missouri lawmakers could also tackle the issue of horse racing this year.

While 60 percent of Missouri voters approved pari-mutuel horse wagering in 1984, a horse track has never been built in Missouri. Senator Hoskins, whose district includes nearby Howard County, would like to see it happen.

“There’s been a little bit of interest in horse racing. If that’s something that my colleagues are passionate about and want to have horse racing and a horsetrack here in Missouri, I’m definitely willing to listen,” says Hoskins.

Hoskins says other states have combined horse racing with slot machines and with Sportsbook. An example is Fanduel in Collinsville, Illinois, which used to be known as Fairmount Park.

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