Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Fantasy Contests Act. Establishes certain requirements for policies and procedures for the operation of fantasy contests. Provides that any person, firm, corporation, association, agent, or employee who violates any provision of the Act shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for each violation, which may be recovered in a civil action brought by the Attorney General. Amends the Gambling Article of the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that participants in fantasy contests as defined under the Fantasy Contests Act shall not be convicted of gambling. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Fantasy Sports Contest Act to provide regulation of companies providing access to paid fantasy sports contests and protect Illinois consumers who play paid fantasy sports contests for prizes from unfair acts and practices that may arise in the gaming process. Provides for the licensure of fantasy sports contest operators by the Illinois Gaming Board. Contains provisions concerning definitions, applicability, authority of the Board, fantasy sports player accounts, data security requirements, restrictions on games offered, prohibited activities, advertising, withholding of delinquent child support, audits, annual reports, applications, background investigations, fees, imposition and distribution of a privilege tax, and limitations on taxation of fantasy sports contest operators. Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act to provide that the Fantasy Sports Contest Act is scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code to add a fantasy sports contest operator licensed under the Fantasy Sports Contest Act to the definition of "State gaming licensee" under provisions concerning certification to any State gaming licensee of past due child support. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 to provide that participants in fantasy sports contests and participation in fantasy sports contests as defined and offered under the Fantasy Sports Contest Act shall not be convicted of gambling. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides for fees with respect to fantasy sports contest operators that have annual fantasy sports contest revenue of $100,000. Provides for the withholding of money from winnings for past-due support obligations.
State Mandates Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
This bill does not create a State mandate.
Judicial Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
This bill would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges needed in the State.
Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Illinois Gaming Board)
As the true scope of daily fantasy sports in Illinois is unknown, it is currently not feasible for the Illinois Gaming Board to estimate the expected fiscal impact of this legislation.