- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - It’s on to the Vermont House for legislation that would legalize daily fantasy sports in the state. The Senate passed a bill Friday about a month after hearing from a top law enforcement official that the games are technically illegal under current Vermont law.

But Assistant Attorney General John Treadwell also told a Senate committee the games are a very low law-enforcement priority and that there’s been no effort to stop them.

Lawmakers heard testimony that up to 100,000 Vermonters play online games such as those offered by the Draft Kings and Fan Duel websites.

The games have players assemble fantasy sports teams and offer cash prizes when their teams win. Industry officials say they are not gambling, but are games of skill that require extensive sports knowledge.

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