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Momentum — at least publicly — for a bill regarding daily fantasy sports has been at a standstill since February. That is when the last piece of legislation, from Sen. John Bonanic, was introduced.
Reports from Pretlow’s constituents from the past week point to the idea that we will see a fantasy sports bill authored by the assemblymember this week. Including this:
— it's Kurt…..man. (@SocaBeast) May 16, 2016
When Pretlow spoke to attendees at the iGaming North America conference in early April, he had indicated a bill would be introduced by late April.
Legal Sports Report has reached out to Pretlow’s office for confirmation and details about the legislation.
The amount of time between the Bonacic bill and the Pretlow bill could mean a lot of things. The most likely scenario, however, is that the heavy lifting on this bill is being done behind the scenes. That stands in contrast to the process in other states, where legislation has been publicly debated and amended.
If the bill is being vetted behind closed doors, we could see a fast turnaround on the bill, in which it would quickly see committee votes and passage by the Assembly and/or Senate. Of course, any action would have to happen relatively quickly — the legislature adjourns June 16.
Numerous sources — from inside and outside of the DFS industry — have expressed optimism to Legal Sports Report that a fantasy sports bill will become law in New York.
Pretlow’s Committee on Racing and Wagering already held a public hearing on DFS in December.
The fact that Pretlow has been holding back on introducing the legislation would seem to indicate it differs in some material ways from the original Bonacic bill.
How might it differ?