Wednesday December 30,2015 : OHIO LAWMAKERS STILL UNDECIDED ON DAILY FANTASY SPORTS
Legality to be debated in the new year, but AG has not been asked for an opinion yet.
It may be awhile before Ohio follows states like New York and Illinois in deciding whether daily fantasy sports are illegal or not…state lawmakers revealed in their annual report this week that they have not yet completed a detailed consideration of the issue but plan to mull it further in the new year, meanwhile you can still gamble online in Ohio
The State House's Permanent Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering has suggested that DFS should be studied, with the report recommending:
“Time has not permitted this committee to extensively review the details of daily fantasy sports play this year. In light of recent events, however, it would be wise to explore the issue further, either through the efforts of this committee or possibly through legalization in the Ohio House and Senate.”
Eight US states has so far found that DFS is de facto gambling, although DFS companies like DraftKings and FanDuel continue to argue against that view, saying that competitions are games of skill.
Ohio laws likely would need to be changed regardless if skill or luck is involved, said Sen. Bill Coley, who chairs Ohio’s joint gaming committee.
“If it is gambling, then it’s illegal under Ohio law,” Coley told local media this week. “If it’s a game of skill, (then) it doesn’t seem to cleanly fit into the skill-game definition under the Ohio Revised Code. There’s a lot of ambiguity.”
Coley added that lawmakers would discuss the issue during a retreat planned for January next year.
“We’ll discuss options with members and make a decision about whether to formulate legalization after the caucus retreat. It would still have to go through the entire legislative process,” he said.