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Kansas legislators approve bill legalizing fantasy sports

Kansas legislators approve bill legalizing fantasy sports

Fantasy sports would be declared a game of skill in Kansas so they wouldn't be illegal under a measure that won final legislative approval Thursday. The bill would bring clarity to an ongoing dispute over the legal status of fantasy sports leagues, because the Kansas Constitution allows only the state to administer games that fit a broad definition of a lottery, and the state's gambling regulator announced in August it viewed them as illegal lotteries. There have been no known prosecutions. But Attorney General Derek Schmidt released an opinion in April saying legislators could legalize fantasy sports leagues by declaring that the outcomes depend upon the knowledge and skill of...

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