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Senate President wants action on betting sites

January 19th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Senate President  Mike Miller may have pushed to legalize casinos in Maryland, but he will not champion fantasy sports-betting websites.

The Baltimore Sun  reports that Miller said Monday commercial fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel need to stop operating in Maryland or propose legislation to make their ventures legal here.

Miller, a Democrat, said an attorney general's letter issued last week made clear the day-betting on the fantasy sports is not authorized under existing law, a circumstance that has allowed the multi-billion dollar organizations to avoid taxes and regulation.

Nationwide, the commercial fantasy sports industry expanded faster than the laws governing it, leading several states to call for them to shut down. Amid the national backlash, Miller said that he had no intention of pushing legislation to put the enterprise on solid legal footing in Maryland, where more than 100,000 people play. 

Miller told reporters Monday night the industry needed to act to save itself

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