New York Lawmaker Defends DFS Law Despite Lawsuit

Despite a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court challenging the legality of New York’s fantasy sports regulations, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate told GamblingCompliance he remains confident that the courts will uphold the contests as games of skill.

The bill, which was approved in the final hours of the New York Senate session, exempted daily fantasy sports (DFS) from the state constitution that prohibits gambling, except those forms granted exemptions such as horseracing, charitable gaming, commercial and tribal casinos and a state-operated lottery.

“The New York State Constitution requires the legislature to pass legislation to prevent unconstitutional gambling from taking place,” state Senator John Bonacic told GamblingCompliance.

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