- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

ANNAPOLIS | The Maryland Senate passed a bill Wednesday morning that will put the legality of fantasy sports betting sites like DraftKings and FanDuel on the November ballot for voters to decide.

If the bill passes the House of Delegates, Maryland would be the first state to allow voters to decide at the ballot whether commercial daily fantasy sports betting should be considered a fully legal form of gambling.

As a backup measure, the Senate also passed a bill that classifies daily gaming sites as illegal gambling. The bill would go into effect in January if Marylanders vote against daily fantasy betting’s legality.

The backup measure is intended to clarify a 2012 law that removed fantasy sports betting from the definition of gambling, but daily gaming sites have fallen into a legal gray area.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh released an opinion in January saying that daily fantasy betting sites are illegal, and asked lawmakers to clarify the law. He suggested it would have to be put on a ballot for voters to decide.

Both bills passed the Senate and are headed to the House for approval.

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