The daily fantasy sports regulations proposed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will get a public hearing Tuesday.
The far-reaching rules that were announced in November include a prohibition on players under 21 years old, a ban of scripts, and a limit of $1,000 on monthly deposits. Though they would apply only to players in Massachusetts if enacted, some of the regulations would effectively require global adoption by the sites. For example, soon after Healey’s proposal was announced, DraftKings instituted a new policy in its multi-entry tournaments in line with the recommended limitations.
DraftKings and FanDuel have each expressed support for the regulations; they represent a welcome contrast to the approach taken by the attorneys general in New York and Illinois, who have ruled that DFS contests are illegal gambling under their state laws.
Tuesday’s hearing is schedule for 10 a.m. Peter Schoenke of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Drew Lesofski of the Daily Fantasy Sports Players Association are each expected to testify.
Comments may also be submitted online through Jan. 22.
In other news…
States across the country continue to grapple with the issue of DFS legality. Numerous states now have bills in motion, and last week California became the first to pass a bill that would specifically legalize daily fantasy sports in a committee vote.
Expect more movement this week as more state legislatures reconvene for the 2016 session.
- A bill that would define DFS as a legal game of skill in Nebraska is set to be introduced Monday.
- HB 707 in Florida, which would exclude DFS from the state’s definition of gambling, is on the Business & Professions Subcomittee agenda for Tuesday
- S. 223, a DFS regulatory bill introduced last week in Vermont, is on a committee agenda for Friday.