An Act To Regulate Fantasy Sports Contests
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §1003, sub-§5 is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA c. 33 is enacted to read:
REGULATION OF FANTASY CONTESTS
§ 1101. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 1102. Power and duties of director
§ 1103. License to conduct fantasy contests
The director shall exercise authority over the licensing of all persons operating fantasy contests in the State.
§ 1104. Conditions of licensure
(1) An athlete or individual who participates or officiates in a game, league, athletic event or competition that is the subject of a fantasy contest; or
(2) A sports agent, team employee, referee or umpire or league official associated with a sport or athletic event that is the subject of a fantasy contest;
Upon submission of a report required by this subsection to the director, to the extent the director considers it necessary to ensure the fantasy contest operator's compliance with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter, the director is authorized to conduct a financial audit of the fantasy contest operator. The report of an audit conducted by the director pursuant to this subsection is deemed to contain information regarding trade practices of the operator and is confidential and is not a public record within the meaning of Title 1, chapter 13, subchapter 1.
§ 1105. Operation of fantasy contests; allocation of funds
§ 1106. Rules
The director shall adopt rules for the proper enforcement and administration of this chapter. When rules are initially adopted as required by this section, rules are major substantive rules as defined by Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. Amendments or changes to those rules, after initial adoption, are routine technical rules as defined by Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
§ 1107. Violations and penalties
§ 1108. Applicability of other laws
Unless expressly provided in this chapter, the provisions of Title 17, chapter 62 and Title 17-A, chapter 39 do not apply to the conduct of fantasy contests operated in accordance with this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.
Sec. 3. Operation of fantasy contests prior to availability of application for licensure. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 8, section 1103, subsection 1, a person who offered fantasy contests to persons located in the State prior to the effective date of this Act may continue to offer contests to persons located in the State until 60 days after the date that the director of the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety begins accepting applications for a fantasy contest operator license as prescribed by Title 8, chapter 33 and rules adopted in accordance with Title 8, chapter 33.
Sec. 4. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
PUBLIC SAFETY, DEPARTMENT OF
Gambling Control Board Z002
Initiative: Provides appropriations for one Information System Security Analyst position and related costs for oversight of fantasy contest gaming.
POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$99,929||$102,794|