The Legal Side: Two More States Introduce Sports Betting Bills

Written By Steve Ruddock on January 22, 2018 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

The new year is barely two weeks old, and flurries of sports betting legislation are popping up across the country.

Two states are moving forward with sports betting legislation filed last year: West Virginia and Kentucky. Two others introduced new bills: Indiana and Illinois. And at least one other state primes itself to introduce legislation: Minnesota.

There hasn’t been any early activity on the daily fantasy sports front thus far, but if the last two years are any indication, plenty of DFS bills are on the way.

Here’s DFS Report’s monthly look at the latest DFS and sports betting legislative efforts across the United States.

DFS legislation update

Ohio Governor signs on the dotted line

One state legalized DFS since our last legislation update, Ohio.

After the legislature passed a DFS bill at the tail end of the year, Ohio Governor John Kasich made it official just before Christmas, signing the legislation into law. And with that, Ohio is the 19th state to legalize DFS, and the ninth that did so in 2017.

The DFS bill tally

With Ohio joining the club, the list of states that have passed DFS legislation jumped to 19:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut (pending tribal approval)
  3. Colorado
  4. Delaware
  5. Indiana
  6. Kansas
  7. Maine
  8. Maryland
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Mississippi
  11. Missouri
  12. New Hampshire
  13. New Jersey
  14. New York
  15. Ohio
  16. Pennsylvania
  17. Tennessee
  18. Vermont
  19. Virginia
2017 DFS Legislation Tracker
State Bill introduced Legislation passed DFS legalized pre-2017
Alabama X
Arkansas X X
Colorado X
Connecticut X X
Delaware X X
Florida X
Georgia X
Hawaii X
Illinois X
Indiana X
Iowa X
Kansas X
Kentucky X
Maine X X
Maryland X
Massachusetts X
Michigan X
Minnesota X
Mississippi X
Missouri X
Montana X
Nebraska X
New Hampshire X X
New Jersey X X
New Mexico
New York X
North Carolina X
North Dakota
Ohio X X
Oregon X
Pennsylvania X X
Rhode Island X
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee X
Texas X
Vermont X X
Virginia X
Washington X
West Virginia
Wisconsin X
Total 26 9 10


Legal Sports Report’s legislative tracker has information and up-to-the-minute updates on all DFS legislation.

DraftKings announces its moving HQ

In other DFS news, DraftKings announced it will move its headquarters to the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. It will also increase its workforce by as much as 75 percent over the next year and a half.

DraftKings’ new home will double the current size of its office to more than 100,000 square feet. In a statement, CEO Jason Robins said:

“We are entering an exciting phase of accelerated growth at DraftKings as we continue to develop new products and diversify our offerings. To meet these needs and remain at the forefront of innovation, DraftKings is focused on hiring top talent.

“We are also honing in on our commitment to Boston by opening a new headquarters in the city. We’re especially thankful to Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and the state’s legislative leadership for their continued support of our company and Boston’s thriving tech economy.”

The DraftKings news stands in sharp contrast to the situation at rival FanDuel.

Sports betting legalization update

Indiana and Illinois join the fray; West Virginia and Kentucky rejoin

Two states, Kentucky and West Virginia, are taking a second swing at passing sports betting legislation in 2018.

Kentucky’s bill was introduced in late 2017 and carried over to this year. West Virginia reintroduced legislation from 2017.

Two other states, Indiana and Illinois, are taking their first bite at the sports betting apple. This is a trend that will almost certainly continue throughout 2018, evidenced by the talk coming out of Minnesota.

Leagues look to cash in with ‘integrity fee’

The Indiana bill is the most interesting of the bunch. The legislation includes language that would see sports leagues receive compensation as an “integrity fee.”

The current integrity fee is set at one percent of handle, which works out to an additive tax of about 20 percent. Legal Sports Report has more on this new development here.

Sports betting bill tally

The list of states that have passed sports betting legislation stands at four:

  1. Connecticut
  2. Mississippi (There is some confusion surrounding the legislation passed in Mississippi and if it extends to sports betting)
  3. New Jersey
  4. Pennsylvania
Sports Betting Legislation Tracker
State Bill introduced Legislation passed PASPA Exemption
California X
Connecticut X X
Delaware Parlay betting is legal
Hawaii X
Illinois X
Indiana X
Kentucky X
Maryland X
Michigan X
Mississippi X X
Montana Sports pools are legal
Nevada Sports betting is legal
New Hampshire
New Jersey X X
New Mexico
New York X
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma X
Oregon Parlay cards are legal
Pennsylvania X X
Rhode Island
South Carolina X
South Dakota
West Virginia X
Total 15 4 4
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Steve Ruddock is a veteran of the gambling industry, having been a longtime contributor to numerous publications both online and off centered on the regulated US online gambling industry. Steve is based in Massachusetts.

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