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State legislatures see flurry of daily fantasy sports bills

State legislatures see flurry of daily fantasy sports bills

BOSTON — The daily fantasy sports debate has spilled into state capitols nationwide, with nearly 30 legislatures considering proposals to regulate, ban or affirm the games played by millions of Americans.

The flurry of recent legislative activity represents a sea change for the industry, which for years was content to operate largely unregulated.

"We've been operating in this gray area for a long time, and, up until now, it hasn't really been a problem," says Peter Schoenke, chairman of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, which hired about 65 lobbying firms in 44 states to push bills favorable to the industry. "What we want to do in all of these states...

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