Arkansas Passes Fantasy Sports Bill, Texas Likely to Follow Suit

This week the state of Arkansas decriminalized daily fantasy sports while Texas also made a breakthrough passing a DFS bill.

Arkansas is the eleventh state to make fantasy sports legal. Twenty-three more states will be attempting to pass DFS bills in 2017.

In Texas, Rep. Richard Raymond introduced a DFS bill that was passed by 6-1. The legislation is now ready for the State House of Representatives where it will seek approval by the conservative legislature.

DFS approval in Texas would mean a lot for the industry as this is the largest state with a negative attorney general opinion on the activity.

As far as sports betting is concerned, eight states are attempting to change the legislation that is currently regulating the industry. These are Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia.

U.S. Solicitor General’s officials met with attorney Ted Olsen representing New Jersey this week. The state is also actively pursuing legalization of sports betting.

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