- Associated Press - Thursday, May 10, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Fantasy sports gambling through online sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel could soon be legal in Louisiana, under a bill that won passage from state lawmakers.

The Senate voted 21-15 for the proposal Wednesday, after the House approved it in a 67-23 vote last month. If Gov. John Bel Edwards agrees to the measure, voters will decide whether the type of gambling becomes legal in their communities on the Nov. 6 ballot.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot, of River Ridge, would allow each parish to approve fantasy sports gambling through the November ballot initiative. If a parish votes against it, people could not legally play the games on their smartphones or computers while in that community.

Sen. Page Cortez, the Lafayette Republican who handled the bill in the Senate, said 19 states allow online fantasy sports gambling.

If parishes support fantasy sports gambling, several steps would be required. Additional legislation would be needed next year to determine how to regulate and tax the games. Louisiana’s Gaming Control Board also would have to come up with rules.



Louisiana law remains silent on whether traditional fantasy sport leagues, played among friends and co-workers, are legal. Talbot’s bill wouldn’t address those types of games.

DraftKings, FanDuel and other smartphone apps mostly offer daily fantasy sports games played against strangers, rather than season-long leagues. The apps enable fans to play multiple games and spend money more easily than traditional fantasy sports setups.

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House Bill 484: www.legis.la.gov

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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