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Legislative Tracker: Daily Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting

The list of states taking a legislative interest in DFS is constantly growing and changing.

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.

Many of the bills below were for 2016 or earlier, and will have to be reintroduced in 2017, if lawmakers decide to make another attempt to work on DFS or sports betting issues.

Fantasy sports betting bills

Here is a snapshot of legislative action involving daily fantasy sports in and 2017, and a map of current legality and legislative efforts in states:

  • Already legalized in 2016 or earlier
  • Introduced legislative effort failed in 2016
  • Active legislation

 

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisLatest news
AlabamaS 28

S 270

H 354
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
ArkansasH 2250Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.
ConnecticutS 6400Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
FloridaH 149
S 8
S 592
The House bill only seeks to legalize paid-entry fantasy sports. The first Senate bill seeks to regulate DFS in the context of a larger gaming bill. The final bill is standalone DFS bill.Latest news
GeorgiaH 118

S 156

Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.

Fantasy sports language was tacked onto the second bill.
Latest news
HawaiiH 855

H 204
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
IllinoisS 629

S 1841

H 3633

H 2686
First two bills seek to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports. One would classify DFS as gambling, the other two as a game of skill.

T bill seeks to make paid-entry fantasy sports illegal.
Latest news
IndianaH 1181Bill makes revisions to fantasy sports law enacted in 2016.Latest news
IowaH 52

S 1183
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports. Latest news
KentuckyH 397Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
MaineL 1329Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.
MinnesotaH 1415Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
MississippiH 967Bill makes revisions to fantasy sports law enacted in 2016.Latest news
MissouriH 502Bill makes revisions to fantasy sports law enacted in 2016.Latest news
MontanaS 25

H 21
First bill clarifies legality of small, social fantasy sports leagues. Second bill would study paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
NebraskaL 469Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
New JerseyA 3532Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
New HampshireH 580Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.
North CarolinaH 279

S 589
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.
OhioH 132Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
OregonH 2549

H 2761
First bill seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports. Second seeks to call fantasy sports a "game of chance" under state law.Latest news
PennsylvaniaH 392

S 477

H 865
Bills regulate fantasy sports in context of larger gaming bill. The last bill is a standalone for DFS.Latest news
Rhode IslandH 5793Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
TennesseeH 511Makes appropriations for fantasy sports regulation.Latest news
TexasH 1457

S 1970



Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
VermontH 405

S 136
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news
WashingtonS 5169Legislation seeks to legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.Latest news

Sports betting bills

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

 

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisLatest News
MarylandH 989The bill would legalize sports betting via a referendum, should federal law allow.Latest news
MichiganH 4060

H 4261
The first bill would legalize sports betting via a referendum. The second would allow for parlay wagering.Latest news
New YorkS 1282

A 5438
The bills would legalize sports betting.Latest news
PennsylvaniaH 519The bill would legalize sports betting if federal law allows it.Latest news
South CarolinaH 3102The bill would legalize casino gambling and sports betting.Latest news
West VirginiaH 3102The bill would legalize sports betting.Latest news
USH 783The bill would allow individual states to legalize sports betting.

Daily fantasy sports and sports betting bills prior to 2017

Here is a look at bills — and laws — regarding DFS sports betting that surfaced in 2016:

StateBill Number(s)Bill SynopsisLatest news
AlabamaH 56
S 114
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
ArizonaS 1515Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
CaliforniaA 1437 Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
ColoradoH 16-1404H 16-1404 was enacted in 2016. It legalizes and regulates fantasy sports.Latest news
ConnecticutS 192Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
FloridaH 149

H 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 2016. 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 regulate and 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
H 4569 was enacted in 2016. The bill makes DFS legal for operators abiding by the state attorney general's regulations.Latest news
MichiganS 459 Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
MinnesotaH 2426
H 2540
H 2509
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
MississippiS 2541S 2541 was enacted in 2016. It regulates and legalizes daily fantasy sports.Latest news
MissouriH 1941 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 YorkS 8153S 8153 was enacted in 2016. It regulates and legalizes 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
Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
South CarolinaS 1093Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.
TennesseeH 2105 |
S 2109
H 2105 was enacted in 2016. It regulates and legalizes daily fantasy sports.Latest news
VermontS 223Legislation seeks to regulate and legalize daily fantasy sports.Latest news
VirginiaS 646S 646 was enacted in 2016. 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

 

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. The case is being appealed. Latest news.
New YorkS 940The bill would legalize sports betting.The bill was introduced in 2016 and referred to the attorney general for an opinion. No further action was taken.
PennsylvaniaHR 619The bill would legalize and regulate sports betting in the state.The bill passed a committee hearing in 2016.
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