House Bill 414 mustered 37 votes and fell just short with only three fewer than the minimum needed to be approved.
USA.- Despite its win in the state of Mississippi, Daily Fantasy Sports took a loss at the Kentucky House of Representatives with the rejection of House Bill 414. Sponsored by Representative Adam Koenig, the bill failed to pass due to a technicality, according to Legal Sports Report: even though it picked up the majority of the votes by members in attendance, House rules state that a bill needs two-fifths of its 100 members (40). As it only got 37 (36 voted against it), H414 died out two weeks after its introduction.
Representative Adam Koenig stated the need to pass the bill due to experiences in other states: “The Attorney General of New York one day just declared it illegal in New York, and we don’t want that to happen here,” he told WAVE3. “We wanted to be a legislative solution. We didn’t think that was going to happen, but it was better off to do it this way and to make sure it’s legal.”
Despite the Bluegrass State allowing Daily Fantasy Sports and season-long operators to accept players, proper regulation seems to be necessary to some delegates. Even though the bill wasn’t approved, there’s no reason to believe that the State would make a similar decision to the one from New York.
Last week, Mississippi aprroved a fantasy sports bill that was sent to the governor’s desk, Georgia’s Housed passed its own and Rhode Island introduced one as well: it seems that DFS regulation is a nationwide concern.