After a year of political debate and hitherto unsuccessful political maneuvering, it looks as if the legalisation of daily fantasy sports is a possibility in Ohio.
A legalisation bill, H 132 authored by Reps. Jonathan Dever and Rob McColley, passed a House vote on May 24, being approved 82-15.
The measure is currently with the Senate Finance Committee, and the hope is that it will be progressed to a positive vote before November.
A year ago the state AG, Mike DeWine, recommended that the Legislature should consider the legalisation issue and DFS in order to ensure legal clarity in the state,
His submission was followed by at least two Senate proposals – S356 and S375 – from different lawmakers, which did not appear to gain traction and ran out of time in last year’s legislative session.
In March this year the Dever and McColley H.132 proposal was introduced in the House, recommending that the Ohio Casino Control Commission be tasked with oversight of DFS and fantasy sport activity, and laying the groundwork for a regulatory and licensing structure.