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Title: Authorizes Fantasy Sports Leagues

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Vote to pass a bill that authorizes an individual to claim prizes and awards in a fantasy sports contest.


  • Authorizes an individual to participate in a fantasy or simulation sports contest with the following conditions (Sec. 1):
    • Participants are informed of the prizes and awards before the contest;
    • The value of the awards is not determined by the number of participants; and
    • The value of the awards is not determined by the fees paid by participants.
  • Prohibits the winning outcome of a fantasy sports contest from being determined by the following measures (Sec. 1):
    • The score, point spread, or performance of an actual team or combination of teams; or
    • The performance of an “athlete” in a single actual sporting event.
  • Specifies that “athlete” does not include an individual who participates in an interscholastic contest sponsored by an organization approved by the Department of Education (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Department of Inspections and Appeals to conduct a study on the impact of the provisions of this bill after July 1, 2016 and to report the findings to the General Assembly by December 1, 2016 (Sec. 2).

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