Maryland Voters Could Get to Weigh in on Daily Fantasy Sports

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fanduel-draftkings-650x400In this election season, there are many key issues facing our democracy. The top posts of both our city and our country will have new faces, and voters are tasked with determining who is best to fit to lead. But now a new key issue has emerged in Maryland.

According to the AP, the Maryland General Assembly is considering whether to put daily fantasy sports betting to a popular vote. The controversy over FanDuel and Draft Kings is reaching such a fever pitch that lawmakers want to let the public decide whether they should be legal in the state.

There is some support already, as the state Senate passed one measure that would create a November referendum on whether the fantasy sports sites should be legal. The referendum is being proposed following Attorney General Brian Frosh’s advice that lawmakers may want to clarify a 2012 law that legalized fantasy sports before they became a full-on betting industry.

Another measure, which was also passed in the Senate, would limit betting to small social groups.

Maryland would be the first state in the country to have such a referendum. But it’s up to the House of Delegates to weigh in next, right after they consider the official state duck.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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