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The news in Vermont came in a different fashion than nearly any other state. No official opinion on DFS was released, and it came via an official in the office of AG William Sorrell.
“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.”
There has been no threat of legal action being taken in the state, but Treadwell also indicated that a proposed regulatory effort in the legislature was not a good approach. (“Exalting one version of gambling above others does not seem appropriate,” per Reuters.) So, the next step is not at all clear.
A DFS bill legalizing and regulating the industry was introduced in the state legislature last week, when there had been little chatter previously. The support that bill might enjoy is unknown.
The number of attorney generals who have weighed in on the legality on DFS has now reached nine, and it has been a mixed bag for the DFS industry.
The AGs have generally fallen into three distinct categories:
Vermont now joins this category, the one with the most occupants:
Regulatory bills have been introduced in both New York and Illinois.
This opinion has been offered up in two states:
So far, three attorney general’s have issued opinions or talked publicly about DFS, but stopped short of actually taking any action.
There has been plenty of chatter that attorney generals in other states may eventually weigh in on DFS.