Senate move would shield fantasy sports

Tackling the issue onto a broader regulatory bill, the Senate on Wednesday approved a proposal that would make clear fantasy sports contests are not considered gambling under Florida law.

The fantasy-sports industry has faced questions in several states about whether its contests are a form of illegal gambling.

A Senate bill (SB 8) dealing with a wide range of gambling-related issues also would have made clear fantasy contests are not a form of gambling.

But that bill died Tuesday, as the House and Senate were not able to agree on a gambling package.

The fantasy-sports issue, however, reemerged Wednesday when the Senate took up a bill (HB 7047) dealing with a variety of regulatory issues.

Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, proposed an amendment to add fantasy sports to the bill, saying the amendment would address a “gray area.”

Senators approved the amendment and voted 36-0 for the overall bill, sending it back to the House.