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Georgia Prepares to Vote on Fantasy Sports Bill

Georgia Prepares to Vote on Fantasy Sports Bill

A bill to license fantasy sports operators to ensure consumer protection for players has been introduced in Georgia’s House. The provisions include information on “responsible play” and “assistance for compulsive behavior”, protection against employee conflicts of interest and restriction of gaming by individuals below 18 years of age.

The industry supports the regulatory measure sponsored by State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown who spoke Wednesday before the Ways and Means State Senate Committee, making a distinction between games of skill such as golf, bass fishing and fantasy sports, and games of chance. Opponents of the proposal qualify online sports as gambling, which is subject to banning orders. Essentially, they draw on the 2015 restrictions on the operations of fantasy sports sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings imposed by the New York Attorney General for “illegal gambling under New York state law”.

Representatives of FanDuel and DraftKings have endorsed the legislation, stating that consumer protection works in favor of legitimate gaming websites.

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