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The Senate concurred with a House version of the DFS bill, 27-2. Tuesday’s vote in the Senate means the bill will head to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam. The House passed the bill late on Monday night by a vote of 67-17.
Tennessee joins Indiana and Virginia as the only three states that have sent bills to their respective governors on the subject of regulating the DFS industry. Both states’ governors signed the bills into law.
If the bill is signed, it would render moot a negative opinion on the legality of DFS from the office of AG Herbert Slatery earlier this month.
Here is a look at what the Tennessee regulation of DFS looks like, in the bill as passed:
The governor will have 10 business days to act on the bill, once it formally lands on his desk. The bill could become law as soon as later this month, or early in May.
Like its predecessors in Indiana and Virginia, the bill passed by overwhelming majorities, so it is hard to believe that Haslam would veto it. Vetos can be overrriden by a simple majority in the state. Haslam does have the ability to line item veto fiscal portions of legislation.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, it appears that Tennessee will become the third state with DFS regulation and the fourth (joining Kansas, as well) where the legislature has made DFS expressly legal.
Griffin Finan, director of public affairs for DraftKings:
“Today, the Tennessee legislature took an important step to ensure that more than one million Tennesseans can continue to enjoy skill-based fantasy contests with thoughtful consumer protections in place. We thank Senator Jack Johnson and Representative Pat Marsh for their leadership on this important issue.”
Statement from FanDuel:
“The legislature has passed strong, but smart regulations ensuring the more than one million fantasy players in Tennessee benefit from important consumer protections and can continue to play fantasy sports. We want to thank the bill sponsors Senator Jack Johnson and Representative Pat Marsh, and the members of the legislature for taking a detailed and careful approach to this issue, which delivered a reasonable solution for the state.”