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Ohio: Lawmakers pass legislation regulating daily fantasy sports contests

On Dec. 5, 2017, the Ohio House of Representatives approved a measure, House Bill 132, which legalizes daily fantasy sports (DFS), by a vote of 92 to 3. The week prior, on Nov.29, 2017, it passed the Senate, 25 to 4. Cleveland.com reported that the legislation had support within the community, from, among others, the Cleveland Indians, which has marketing partnership with DraftKings, a fantasy sports website.

When we last addressed action on DFS regulation in Ohio , we described Sen. William Coley’s effort, by way of Senate Bill 356, to classify these kinds of games as those of chance. Most states that have legalized DFS have gone out of their way to define them instead as games of skill. Thus, the Legal Sports Report opined that SB 356 would have “shut down pretty much the entire DFS industry as currently situated…”

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