Kansas lawmakers consider legalizing fantasy sports leagues

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas House committee has heard no opposition to a bill ensuring that fantasy sports leagues are legal in the state.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee took testimony Wednesday on a measure responding to a position outlined in August by the state Racing and Gaming Commission.

The commission said fantasy sports leagues are illegal lotteries. The Kansas Constitution allows only a state-owned lottery, and the ban on private lotteries covers a wide array of games of chance.

The bill would declare that the results of fantasy sports leagues depend on the skill of the participants.

A Fantasy Sports Trade Association attorney said 500,000 Kansans participate in leagues.

The hearing came as other committees considered proposals on student groups’ religious freedoms and rules for state social services programs.


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