DFS Bill In Illinois Delayed Until Further Notice
The battle over whether daily fantasy sports is illegal gambling is underway throughout the US with many Attorney Generals adopting the opinion that DFS equates to illegal gambling. The state of Illinois was supposed to be one of those states that were to regulate the DFS industry and clear up any legal issues.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been in the forefront of fighting DraftKings and FanDuel and it seems that for the moment legislation aimed at regulating DFS has stalled. Democratic Republican Michael Zalewski who was one of the main sponsors of HB3655 took a decision not to bring the bill for consideration only days before the spring session.
Zalewski explained the turn of events and said, “So what I am going to do is, for the moment, not pursue a vote on House Bill 3655. I’m going to continue to have individual conversations with my colleagues. I am going to explain to them why this is good public policy. And I am going to live to fight another day.”
Other allegations that surfaced by Rep. Mayfield were also explosive as she claimed that DraftKings and FanDuel were involved in illegal lobbying for the passage of HB3655. This allegedly included claims that they were offering donations to specific organizations in return for yes votes. Mayfield said that,”The email basically alleged that in exchange for considerations, donations, that he could guarantee votes. That’s illegal.”
As expected both DraftKings and FanDuel released a joint statement from their spokesman Jeremy Kudon denying the allegations,. It said,” We categorically reject the implication that DraftKings or FanDuel would partake in such behavior. We do not condone this type of activity. It’s simply not how we do business here or anywhere in the country.”