The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation that would regulate fantasy sports and provide consumer protections for Ohioans who participate in fantasy sports. The bill would also provide standards to ensure the industry operates in a transparent and accountable manner.

Sponsored by Reps. Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) and Rob McColley (R-Napoleon), House Bill 132 requires a fantasy contest operator to obtain a license from the Ohio Casino Control Commission and gives the commission the authority to investigate and regulate fantasy sports operators and participants. It also prohibits an operator from offering fantasy contests for youth or college sports.

“House Bill 132 seeks to clarify the legality of daily fantasy sports and ensure the millions of Ohioans who currently participate in these games are able to continue enjoying them,” McColley said. “The legislation ensures that all fantasy sports businesses, large and small, have the opportunity to continue operating and thriving in our state.”

The legislation updates antiquated state laws to make it clear fantasy sports are legal in Ohio and installs important consumer protections. Together, these reforms aim to create a clear set of regulations fantasy sports companies must follow to operate in Ohio. Ten other states have recently passed similar legislation.

"For the millions of Ohioans participating in fantasy sports, this legislation creates guardrails for the industry while also protecting consumers," Dever said.

The sponsors developed and carefully drafted the bill in coordination with the Casino Control Commission, stakeholders from the fantasy sports industry, Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office and Ohio fantasy sports participants.

More than 57 million people in North America participate in fantasy sports, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, including nearly 2 million Ohioans.

The bill now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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