Ohio became the 18th state in the US to enact a daily fantasy sports law last week when Governor John Kasich signed House bill 132 into law. The bill was sent to Kasich’s desk just a few weeks ago, after first passing in the Senate on November 29th and then being approved for the second time by the House just a few days later.
The DFS law is very similar to laws passed in other states that now offer legalized contests. In Ohio, there is to be no tax on operators and a maximum annual licensing fee set at $10,000. Kiosk-based contests are prohibited, and horse racing is exempt.
Daily fantasy sports discussions first began in the state in 2016 when Attorney General Mike DeWine suggested that the contests be addressed due to the lack of clarity within state laws. Bills were introduced but none were able to move forward. H 132 was then presented this year by Representatives Rob McColley and Jonathan Dever. This bill was able to see success and now will pave the way for operators to offer contests in a legalized manner.
According to WKBN.com, Dever commented on the passage of the measure by stating: “Each day countless Ohioans participate in daily fantasy sports. House Bill 132 assures that these participants are protected under the law, while increasing the accountability of fantasy sports operators.”