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Legislative Tracker: Daily Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting

The list of states taking a legislative interest in DFS is growing rapidly in 2016.

Some states that currently do not allow fantasy sports are attempting to legalize DFS contests; other states want to regulate it like a form of gambling or clarify the status of DFS under existing gambling law (DFS sites operate openly in most states, but how gambling statutes apply to the activity is a matter of debate).

Likewise, the conversation around legal sports betting has exploded in the last few months and resulted in a slew of legislative proposals.

For a look at 2015 bills, see our legislative archive.

Fantasy sports betting bills

Here is a snapshot of legislative action involving daily fantasy sports in 2016, and a map of current legality and legislative efforts in states:

  • Already legalized
  • Introduced legislative effort on hold or failed
  • Active legislation

 

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisLatest news
AlabamaH 56
S 114
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
ArizonaS 1515The bill seeks to legalize DFS.Latest news
CaliforniaA 1437 Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
ColoradoH 16-1404H 16-1404 was enacted in the spring. It legalizes and regulates fantasy sports.Latest news
ConnecticutS 192The bill would legalize DFS and would ask a state agency to promulgate regulations.
FloridaH 707
S 832
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
GeorgiaS 352Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
HawaiiS 2722
H 1838
H 2111
S 2429
Two of the bills regulate DFS and make it a game of skill under state law. Two other bills clarify that fantasy contests fall under state gambling law.Latest news
IllinoisH 3655
H 4323
S 2193
S 2843
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
IndianaH 1168
S 339
S 339 was enacted in March. It regulates and legalizes daily fantasy sports.Latest news
IowaS 3181
S 166
H 47
S 1068
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
KentuckyH 625Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
LouisianaH 676Legislation seeks to legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
MarylandS 976
H 930
S 980
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports via a referendum. One of the bills would make DFS illegal if the referendum failed.Latest news
MassachusettsH 4569

S 191
The first bill makes DFS legal for operators following the attorney general's regulations and creates a commission to study fantasy sports.

The second bill would allow the state lottery to operate online daily fantasy games.
Latest news
MichiganS 459 The bill seeks to exempt DFS from state gambling law.Latest news
MinnesotaH 2426
H 2540
H 2509
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
MississippiS 2541Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
MissouriH 1941
S 1045
S 1131
H 1941 was enacted in the spring. It regulates and legalizes daily fantasy sports.Latest news
NebraskaL 862
L 970
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
New JerseyS 1927
A 4805
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.

The second bill bans operator employees from playing DFS.
Latest news
New Mexico H 314Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
New York A 10736
S 8153
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
OklahomaH 2278
S 1396
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
Pennsylvania H 2150

S 1324
The House bill is an omnibus gambling expansion package, which would also regulate daily fantasy sports. The Senate bill is a standalone DFS regulatory bill.Latest news
Rhode Island H 7075
H 7938
The bill would allow the Division of Racing and Athletics to offer fantasy as a game of skill. Latest news
South CarolinaS 1093Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
TennesseeH 2254 |
S 2151


H 2105 |
S 2109
H 2105 was enacted in May. It regulates and legalizes daily fantasy sports.Latest news
VermontS 223Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
VirginiaH 751
S 646
H 775
S 646 was enacted in March. It regulates and legalizes daily fantasy sports.Latest news
WashingtonS 5284
H 2370
S 6333
H 1301
Three bills declare DFS a game of skill; another says operating DFS would be a felony under state law.Latest news
West VirginiaS 529Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
WisconsinA 800
S 702
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news

Sports betting bills

Here is a look at current bills related to sports betting in the United States:

 

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisStatus Of Bill / Latest News
CaliforniaA 1441The bill would legalize sports betting in the state, if federal law is changed to allow it.Introduced in September 2015. Latest news.
DelawareS 183The bill would expand the state's parlay card offerings online.Introduced in January 2016.
New JerseyBill became law in 2014, but is pending a legal challenge.The bill allows sports betting in the state at casinos and racetracks.The law is not in effect, as a court injunction has held up implementation. An appeals court ruled against New Jersey in August. Latest news.
New YorkS 940The bill would legalize sports betting.The bill was introduced in January and referred to the attorney general for an opinion. No further action has been taken.
PennsylvaniaHR 619The bill would legalize and regulate sports betting in the state.The bill passed a committee hearing in February.

 

Dustin Gouker
Dustin Gouker - Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner.