New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio All See Major Progress On Fantasy Sports Bills

Written By Steve Ruddock on May 26, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018
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It was a big week for anyone following the legality of daily fantasy sports and sports betting in the US.

On the DFS front, bills in three different important states — Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey — got votes in state legislatures.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting suffered a setback this week.

DFS legislation update

New Jersey

The first state to take a major step forward is New Jersey, as the Assembly approved a bill this week.

While DFS regulation has been a possibility dating back two years, the state has been wary to act while its sports betting case is still active. That appears to be changing with the advancement of A 3532.

The Senate version also saw action this week, but a vote on the full bill has not been held yet.

It appears the ball could soon be in Gov. Chris Christie’s court; whether he will sign the bill is unknown.


Pennsylvania is considering a large gaming package with lots of stuff in it — online gambling legalization included.

Also in the mix is legalization and regulation of DFS, as the Senate passed a gaming bill with fantasy sports provisions included:

The bill would be slightly expensive for operators. Per Legal Sports Report:

The cost for operators, as the bill is written, is not trivial. Operators pay the lesser of $50,000 or 7.5 percent of gross revenue in the state to gain licensure. The minimum payment is $5,000. Operators are then taxed at a rate of 12 percent after being licensed.

But it appears DraftKings and FanDuel are willing to pay that price to gain legal clarity in a big state.

The gaming bill — H 271 — is going to be considered by the House next.


The DFS triple play in statehouses wraps up with Ohio.

A bill — H 132 — passed the House this week and moves to the Senate.

The attorney general once wrote that the legality of DFS contests is up in the air in the state, so it’s another important one for the industry.

The DFS bill tally

The number of states that have introduced legislation seeking to legalize DFS in 2017 still stands at 24. The number of states with active legislation is still 17:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Hawaii
  7. Illinois
  8. Iowa
  9. Kentucky
  10. Maine
  11. Minnesota
  12. Montana
  13. Nebraska
  14. New Jersey
  15. New Hampshire
  16. North Carolina
  17. Ohio
  18. Oregon
  19. Pennsylvania
  20. Rhode Island
  21. Texas
  22. Vermont
  23. Washington
  24. Maine

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

Sports betting legalization update

New Jersey

The news for NJ’s sports betting case wasn’t great this week.

The US Solicitor General wrote a brief to the US Supreme Court saying that it should not hear the state’s appeal to legalize sports betting.

That isn’t the news the state was hoping to hear, as a positive recommendation almost certainly would have resulted in SCOTUS hearing the appeal.

The case still has a chance of getting its day in the nation’s highest court. But those odds diminished this week.

Sports betting legislation

Eight states are fighting for a repeal of PASPA, or pre-committing to legalizing sports betting if federal sports betting laws were to change:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maryland
  3. Michigan
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. South Carolina
  8. West Virginia
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