Regular Fantasy Sports Bills Seek to Challenge State AG’s Stance on Legality

Regular Fantasy Sports Bills Seek to Challenge State AG’s Stance on Legality

Texas received three daily fantasy sports (DFS) bills in quick succession this week, each aimed at legalizing and creating a framework of regulation for the competitions.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sparked a lawsuit when he opined that day-to-day fantasy sports were illegal under state legislation. A triple-pronged legislative approach from Representative Richard Raymond hopes to challenge that opinion.

The state missed down on the DFS legislation trend that appeared in the dockets of legislatures across the country in 2016 due to the fact that its legislative session is biennial, however it is apparently getting back together for lost time.

Each of the three bills is sponsored by State Representative Richard Raymond (D-Laredo). His co-sponsors vary, as does the language of each bill, although they also chime in on numerous things.

The three bills address the key preoccupations of legislators across the US, from player protections and operator registration fees, to the segregation of player funds as a body of legislation. Curiously, though, one bill ignores the latter point that is somewhat crucial. Likewise, two bills would define DFS as games of skill, while one wouldn’t bother.

Representative Raymond is obviously hedging his wagers.

The Letter of the Law

Raymond stated he hoped his triple-pronged approach would ‘clarify a confusing and law that is ambiguous affirm that fantasy sports are Continue reading “Regular Fantasy Sports Bills Seek to Challenge State AG’s Stance on Legality”