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Florida legislators scramble to keep daily fantasy sports sites legal

2 lawmakers file bills to keep websites running, legal in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mounting legal issues have daily fantasy sports websites like DraftKings and FanDuel fighting legal battles in states like New York and Massachusetts, but Florida legislators are scrambling to keep it legal.

Nevada said it's gambling. New York said can't operate in its state. But daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel aren't slowing down in Florida.

Two influential lawmakers filed bills to keep the websites up and running -- and legal -- in Florida.

Senate president in waiting Joe Negron and state Rep. Matt Gaetz have legislation that would regulate the industry. Rules include registering with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and preventing certain people from exchanging info.

"It's no different to me than a bowling league that players pay $25 for and get prizes at the end. Fantasy sports is a game of skill," Negron said.

House Majority leader Dana Young said she's on board.

"This is a recreational activity by more than 3 million people in our state play. And I am absolutely fine with it, but I do think that because there have been some questions in other states on some of the rules," Young said. "I think we should regulate it and make sure that it's fair for the people who play."

Daily fantasy sports sites, like DraftKings and FanDuel, are asking players in the state to support the bills.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association is backing the proposals, along with throwing money at lawmakers.

Daily fantasy sports is estimated to be a nearly $30 billion business around the country.

The bills that have been filed would require the companies to pay fees to the state as well as mandating the sites provide age verification for players.