Texas received three daily fantasy sports (DFS) bills in quick succession this week, each aimed at legalizing and having a framework of legislation for the competitions.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sparked a lawsuit as he opined that daily fantasy sports were illegal under state legislation. A triple-pronged legislative approach from Representative Richard Raymond hopes to challenge that opinion.
The state missed away on the DFS legislation trend that appeared on the dockets of legislatures across the country in 2016 as a result of the fact that its legislative session is biennial, nonetheless it seems to be getting back together for lost time.
All 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.
As a human body of legislation, the three bills address the key preoccupations of legislators across the United States, from player protections and operator enrollment fees, to the segregation of player funds. Curiously, though, one bill ignores the latter somewhat crucial point altogether. Likewise, two bills would define DFS as games of skill, while one wouldn’t bother.
Representative Raymond is actually hedging his wagers.
The Letter of the Law
Raymond stated he hoped his triple-pronged approach would ‘clarify a confusing and ambiguous legislation and affirm that (more…)