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Missouri teams push ballot measures to allow sports betting

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri sports teams are trying to put a proposal to legalize sports betting on the ballot.

A lawyer in Jefferson City has filed nine ballot proposals on the issue on behalf of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis City soccer club and Kansas City Royals.

Money from taxing sports betting would be split between schools and roads under the proposals.

Efforts to pass a law allowing sports betting have failed for years in Missouri’s GOP-led Legislature, so the teams are hoping to take the issue to before voters.

Sen. Denny Hoskins, a Republican, has proposed several bills to legalize sports betting. But he warned that legalizing sports betting through the Missouri Constitution would mean lawmakers couldn’t easily address any potential issues with the program once it was enacted.

In Missouri, proposals need a certain number of voter signatures to be put on the ballot. Backers haven’t yet started collecting signatures.

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