Boccieri Throws A Flag On Fantasy Sports Regulation Bill
House bill would regulate, but not ban fantasy sports

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today called the legislature’s latest attempt to regulate fantasy sports an act of government overreach. Boccieri’s comments come ahead of the expected House passage of House Bill (HB) 132, legislation to give the Ohio Casino Control Commission the authority to regulate, license and police fantasy sports. 

“I believe legislators are being disingenuous with this bill. The language says Ohio will exempt the games from gambling law, but it also subjects them to regulation by the state’s gambling regulator,” Boccieri said. “I don’t believe playing fantasy football is the same as pulling the lever on a slot machine.” 

The Poland lawmaker also opposed Senate Bill 356 from the previous General Assembly, legislation that would have banned fantasy sports outright. Although HB 132 does not prohibit fantasy sports, Boccieri remains skeptical that such online games require the level of government oversight laid out in the bill.  

“I have not heard of anyone losing their home by competing against their friends with this type of online sports program,” Boccieri said. “I believe this bill is another example of overreach by state government.” 

The House is expected to vote on House Bill 132 later this afternoon. If passed, the bill will then go to the Senate for further consideration. 

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