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If a bill there becomes law, it will be the 12th state to pass legislation expressly legalizing DFS. It comes in the wake of an unofficial attorney general statement in 2016 saying DFS violated state gambling laws.
The Vermont legislature recently approved a bill that would make DFS legal while also regulating it. DFS regulation is just a part of S 136, which also contains consumer protections outside of the fantasy sports industry.
Gov. Phil Scott must still sign the bill to become law. He could also veto it, or do nothing and the bill would become law within five days of transmission to his office from the statehouse. (According to the official bill page, it has not yet been sent to the governor.)
The legislature has also been delaying its adjournment, which could change the rules for the governor’s actions.
An effort to legalize DFS in 2016 in the state did not become law.
The bill in its final form is the result of a conference committee between the House and Senate. It looks much like regulatory efforts in other states.
More on the bill here.
The office of AG William Sorrell told Reuters early in 2016 that DFS likely violated state law:
“Daily fantasy sports violate Vermont’s gambling laws,” John Treadwell, a state assistant attorney general said in an interview after discussing the proposed Vermont bill with legislators. “Vermont has very strict long-standing limitations on gambling.”
It’s been a mixed bag on the legalization front this year.
A pair of states have passed fantasy sports bills this year — Mississippi and Arkansas. The former was not a huge victory, as the state had already legalized the industry a year ago as a stopgap. The latter became the 11th state to legalize paid-entry fantasy sports.
The biggest prizes on the legislative map in 2017 — Texas and Florida — did not come to fruition.
A late Hail Mary in Florida fell by the wayside.