- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Senate panel has approved regulations for daily fantasy sports websites to address concerns stemming from a state opinion which calls such betting illegal.

Under the plan approved by a committee Wednesday, the Illinois Gaming Board would oversee the contests, and operators violating the law would face fines. The proposal would forbid anyone under 21 from participating, among other things.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a December advisory opinion that betting through sites like DraftKings and FanDuel is illegal. Some lawmakers have written proposals to legalize it, saying many Illinoisans play. A similar plan is pending in the House.

Opponents included those who represent Illinois’ existing casinos. They said the proposed regulations are insufficient and questioned the cost of enforcement.

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The legislation is HB3655.


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