As Major League Baseball kicks off its season, one Missouri lawmaker has filed legislation that would take away state dollars from professional teams in leagues that don't crack down on steroid use.
Rep. Jeff Roorda has filed legislation that would prohibit state tax credits from going to teams in a league that "does not place at least a one-year ban on athletes who test positive for anabolic steroids."
MLB’s current policy calls for such a ban only after the fourth failed test. Roorda’s legislation would call on professional sports league to place such a ban on a player after the first violation.
“Since when in baseball is it four strikes and you’re out?” Roorda, D-Barnhart, said. "What major league baseball and all professional sports leagues need are for their executives to step forward and take a strong stand to end the scandal of the steroid era. What we need is a modern-day Kenesaw Mountain Landis," Roorda added, referring to the legendary baseball commissioner who exiled the Chicago Black Sox in 1920 and sent a powerful message to all of Major League Baseball that gambling would not be tolerated.
Roorda filed HB2502 on the same day of the St. Louis Cardinals' season opener.