Mississippi DFS bill moves forward, state lottery bill fails to gain approval

February 13, 2017 8:49 AM
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After reviewing two new gambling bills late last week, the Mississippi House has determined how it will move forward on the issue. The state has seen a daily fantasy sports bill move on to the Senate while a bill involving a state lottery has failed to gain approval.

The Mississippi Business Journal reports, House Bill 967 passed through the House after a second vote took place on Thursday.

The bill would set an 8 percent tax on operators of daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the state with the Mississippi Gaming Commission given the right to regulate DFS contests at casinos or online.

As regulator of DFS, the commission would have the ability to do background checks on operators with DFS providers having to obtain a state license. A yearly audit would also be conducted. Participants in DFS contests would have to be at least 21 years of age, with monitoring put in place by regulators to ensure that no underage gambling can take place.