Gaming Law and Economics November Issue: Florida’s Uncertain Legal Landscape for Fantasy Sports: A Closer Look

Petition and Complaint filed by DraftKings against NY Attorney General.

Plaintiff files complaint in Pinellas County, FL, seeking civil forfeiture of all illegal wagers and a declaration that the companies have operated in violation of Florida’s anti-gambling laws.

New York Attorney General issues Cease and Desist Letter to DFS Operators.

Hamilton Jai-Alai permanently relinquishes its permit via Consent Order with the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The Division’s case against Hamilton’s Quarter Horse permit continues.

Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issues Notice of Proposed Rule relating to cardrooms. Hearing scheduled for December 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

Seminole Tribe’s verified complaint against the State of Florida over its gaming compact.

DBPR PMW issues Notice of Development of Rulemaking relating to cardroom game submissions.

Florida Lottery determines that Premier Lotteries Florida, LLC, is ineligible to continue in Gaming System ITN. Review the Agency’s decision here.

Class action lawsuits against DraftKings and FanDuel filed in the Southern District of Florida, Eastern District of LA and Southern District of NY, among others.

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Florida Senate – Committee on Regulated Industries

Florida Senate – Fiscal Policy

Florida Senate – Committee on Finance and Tax

Florida Senate – Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government

Florida Senate – Agriculture

Florida Senate – Appropriations

Florida House - Business & Professions Subcommittee

Florida House – Government Operations Appropriations Subcommittee

Florida House – Regulatory Affairs Committee




HB 99: State Lotteries (Clarke-Reed) — Specifies how net revenue generated by instant lottery game created by act must be distributed by Department of Lottery; requires department to offer special instant lottery game called “Ticket for the Cure” for specified period of time; requires that state appropriate funds from GAA to match federal funds provided for screening & early detection under Mary Brogan Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

Bill Status: Filed on Friday, August 21.


SB 102: State Lotteries (Thompson)Specifying how the net revenue generated by an instant lottery game created by the act must be distributed by the Department of the Lottery; requiring the department to offer a special instant lottery game called “Ticket for the Cure” for a specified period of time; requiring that the state appropriate funds from the General Appropriations Act to match federal funds provided for screening and early detection under the Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, etc.

Bill Status: 08/21/15 Referred to Regulated Industries; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations.


SB 270 (Margolis) State Lotteries; Authorizing the Department of the Lottery to create and administer a program that provides for the sale of Florida lottery tickets through the Internet, etc.

Bill Status: 9/11/2015 Filed in the Senate.


SB 728 (Margolis) Advance Deposit Wagering; Providing that the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation may authorize advance deposit wagering conducted by certain permitholders or certain operators contracting with a permitholder; specifying requirements, prohibitions, and authorizations for a person authorized to conduct advance deposit wagering; prohibiting a resident or other individual from placing a wager through an advance deposit wagering system under specified circumstances, etc.

Bill Status: 11/3/15 Filed in the Senate.


SB 732 (Smith)Greyhound Racing; Creating the “Greyhound Safety Act”; prohibiting the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation from granting a license or permit to an applicant convicted of animal cruelty, felony aggravated assault or battery, or felony child abuse; requiring the division to immediately revoke a license or permit of a person convicted of animal cruelty; providing that the division may not commence administrative proceedings and must reinstate a suspended license if the division cannot confirm a positive test result; providing certain requirements for maintaining safe racing facilities and racetrack surfaces, etc.

Bill Status: 11/3/15 Filed in the Senate.


2015 Florida Gaming Legislation