Ohio has not seen much momentum on the legalization of fantasy sports. But that appears set to change with the introduction of a new bill that would give the DFS industry a regulatory framework.
H 132 is much like the legislation that lawmakers have introduced in a variety of other states — and laws that were enacted in eight states in 2016.
The bill, at a glance:
Bills surfaced in 2016, but they didn’t go anywhere. One would have legalized DFS; the other would have declared games illegal when operators of contests take a cut of entry fees. (The latter would have covered the types of contests offered by DraftKings and FanDuel.)
An industry lobbyist said in testimony earlier this year — in testimony in another state — that Ohio is “likely to pass a bill this year.” And while the DFS industry might be confident of the new bill winning approval, the process of enacting a law is rarely simple, no matter what the subject.
Pennsylvania also saw a new fantasy sports bill crop up in the state House of Representatives.
The new bill would break DFS out on its own, although it’s not clear whether lawmakers are interested in handling it as a standalone effort. H 865 is another bill that is generally friendly to the industry, giving oversight to the PA Gaming Control Board.
Until we see movement on the bill outside of the larger gaming expansion, this bill might not be worth tracking, however.
Other noteworthy developments of late on fantasy sports legislation: