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Kansas Bill Would Keep Fantasy Sports Legal Amid Dispute

Associated Press - February 16, 2015 11:58 am

A Kansas lawmaker is moving to keep fantasy sports leagues legal amid a dispute with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.

Republican Rep. Brett Hildabrand of Shawnee submitted a bill to the Legislature Monday that would define fantasy sports as a game of skill. The distinction is important because the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission said in August that fantasy sports meet the criteria of a lottery, which would make them illegal.

Under the Kansas Constitution, only the state is allowed to administer lotteries.

Hildabrand said he introduced the legislation so ordinary Kansans who enjoy fantasy football would not become criminals.

The federal government and 45 states consider fantasy sports legal games of skill. However, five states consider them illegal.