Pennsylvania considers limiting fantasy sports gambling

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In this Sept. 29, 2015, photo, Jason Robins, center, CEO of DraftKings website, speaks on a panel at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. His company’s rising visibility is spawning debate among the casino industry and regulators about the definition of gambling and whether all sports betting should be legalized and regulated. (AP Photo/John Locher)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Legislation to limit daily fantasy sports websites in Pennsylvania to those run by the state’s 12 casinos is slated for a committee vote next week in the state House of Representatives.

Rep. George Dunbar said Friday that the measure he is sponsoring would ensure that state regulators scrutinize operations of the now-unregulated companies to protect consumers.

The Westmoreland County Republican says it would benefit the casinos by drawing people to their websites and raise badly needed state revenue.

Nevada gaming regulators are ordering the high-profile websites DraftKings and FanDuel to cease operations unless they get a gambling license. DraftKings and FanDuel have hired a lobbying firm in Pennsylvania.

A vote on Dunbar’s proposal is expected in the House Gaming Oversight Committee on Wednesday, along with a bill to legalize online gambling.

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