AUSTIN (AP) – A bill exempting paid online fantasy sports sites from Texas anti-gambling laws is headed to the full Texas House.READ MORE: Public Utility Commission Grills ERCOT Over Its Call For Texans To Conserve Energy This Week
Last year, state Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a non-binding opinion that paid online daily fantasy sports constituted gambling by offering chances to win money based on the performance of teams selected online. One such site, FanDuel, subsequently stopped accepting paid entries for cash prizes in Texas.
Laredo Democratic Rep. Richard Raymond’s proposal seeks to “legalize” those sites, arguing they offer games of skill rather than chance — meaning they aren’t gambling.READ MORE: Feds Warn Against Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards
His bill was approved 6-1 in House committee, though it’s not yet been scheduled for a floor vote.
The measure may still face a tough road since Texas legislators have traditionally opposed proposals that might be seen as gambling.MORE NEWS: Tarrant County Issues Warning About Expedited Passport Scams
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