DE HB249 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-1)
Status: Passed on July 26 2017 - 100% progression
Action: 2017-07-26 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


An estimated 100,000 people in Delaware participate in some form of fantasy sports, whether it is a football or baseball league with their friends and family, or more recently, a daily or weekly contest against players from across the country. This legislation confirms that those contests are "games of skill" and, therefore, not a form of illegal gambling under Delaware law. It also requires operators to apply for a license and comply with some of the strictest consumer protection safeguards in the nation. Finally, the legislation subjects operators of paid fantasy sports contests to a 15% tax on their net adjusted revenues, as well as a $50,000 annual fee.

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An Act To Amend Title 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Interactive Fantasy Contests.


Roll Calls

2017-06-30 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 36 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2017-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 13 N: 7 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-06-29 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 10 N: 11 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2017-06-27 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 28 N: 6 NV: 2 Abs: 5) [PASS]


2017-07-26 Signed by Governor
2017-06-30 Passed By House. Votes: 36 YES 4 NO 1 ABSENT
2017-06-30 Passed By Senate. Votes: 13 YES 7 NO 1 NOT VOTING
2017-06-30 Roll Call Rescinded in Senate
2017-06-30 Reconsidered in Senate
2017-06-29 Defeated By Senate. Votes: 10 YES 11 NO
2017-06-29 Amendment SA 1 to HB 249 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
2017-06-28 Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2017-06-27 Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate
2017-06-27 Passed By House. Votes: 28 YES 6 NO 2 NOT VOTING 5 ABSENT
2017-06-27 Amendment HA 2 to HB 249 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2017-06-27 Amendment HA 1 to HB 249 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2017-06-27 Amendment HA 1 to HA 1 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2017-06-27 Amendment HA 1 to HB 249 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2017-06-21 Reported Out of Committee (Gaming & Parimutuels) in House with 5 On Its Merits
2017-06-20 Introduced and Assigned to Gaming & Parimutuels Committee in House

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