Rep. Joe Atkins will debate fantasy sports legality at national conference
J. Patrick Coolican
December 7, 2015 — 10:48am
Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, will debate the legalization of fantasy sports betting industry at the meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, he said in a news release.
Atkins will debate Maggie Carlton, assemblywoman of Nevada, where major fantasy sites Fan Duel and Draft Kings have been shut down by the Gaming Control Board, requiring them to be licensed as sports betting operations there.
Atkins will argue for his own proposed legislation, which would legalize, regulate and tax the major fantasy sports companies, with oversight by the Department of Public Safety. The panel will be moderated by NCSL President Curt Bramble. Draft Kings and Fan Duel will also have a representatives on the panel.
While Nevada and New York have taken legal action against the big fantasy sites, they are safe in Minnesota for now, though gambling expansion opponents want them banned, calling daily fantasy play a violation of current state gambling law.
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