Illinois would regulate daily fantasy sports websites and add consumer protections under a proposal filed Tuesday by a state legislator who said his plan could spark discussions about how to handle a fast-growing industry under scrutiny nationwide.
Under the legislation, using sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel wouldn't be considered gambling in Illinois, but companies would need policies for audits and barring employees from competing. The legislation also prohibits players under 18 and allows sites to check players for child support obligations or tax liens.
Rep. Mike Zalewski, a Riverside Democrat, said his plan could be at the forefront of overseeing the popular emerging technology where some payouts top $1 million.
Rep. Zalewski joined us LIVE on GDC Thursday morning to talk more about his proposal.