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  • unageo09

    Another year and another fantasy sports bill filed in the Alabama legislature. This year its House Bill 361 by Rep Kyle South. It has eight co-sponsors. One of which is the Speaker of the House. If you live in Alabama now is the time to contact your rep and senator and ask for their support of this bill. I think this will be the 3rd of 4th time they have tried so don’t get your hopes up.

    URGENT THE ALABAMA HOUSE COULD VOTE ON HOUSE BILL 361 AS EARLY AS TOMORROW (5/8). PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK THEM TO VOTE YES ON THIS BILL! YOU CAN USE THE FANTASY FOR ALL LINK TO CONTACT THEM IF YOU LIKE

    https://fantasysportsforall.com/connect/alabama/

    Update 5/10/19 The Alabama House of Representatives passed HB 361 this past Wednesday. The bill passed by a fairly large margin (74-22). The bill will now go to a Senate Committee where it will begin the next stage of the legislative process. There is no timetable when the committee will here this bill. If you haven’t already, Please use the link above to contact your Senator and ask them to pass this legislation.

    UPDATE 5/24 The Senate failed to vote on the fantasy sports bill yesterday. It was up for debate nearing final passage when Senator Arthur Orr began asking a bunch of lame questions. He “ had some issues” with the bill so it was carried over at the call of the chair. We are running out of time as the session may end a week from today. The bill will not appear on any calendar so it will be up to the sponsor to call it back up for debate. I believe he will try it again but don’t know which day. The Senate meets Tuesday evening.

    5/28 The bill has been passed by the Senate with one amendment, It will go back to the House where they will have to concur with the amendment. If they do, they are expected to, then it goes to the governor.

    5/28 UPDATE The House has concurred with the Senate amendment. The bill is on its way to the governors desk.

    5/31 According to Senator Tom Whatley, the Governor has signed the bill.

    6/17 FanDuel and Draft are operating in Alabama

    6/18 DraftKings is live

  • unageo09

    The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. They usually send it through the tourism committee but this year its going through the State Government Committee. If they vote on it and it passes then it will be put on the calendar. The next step will be it getting debated in front of the House. If it passes the House, then it will go to the Senate.

  • madmanjayWV

    Keep us posted — wish u luck….W.Va. always loved the gambling fools, so DFS was just accepted in as a game of skill

  • unageo09

    I emailed my rep and he told me that he had spoken with one of the lobbyist and he would have to see the bill in its entirety but he was considering voting for it. He mentioned there had already been several people reach out to him about it. There are two groups that oppose any type of gaming expansion in Alabama. The first being the poarch creek indians. They operate three casinos on tribal lands. That money goes untaxed so they are afraid of any competition. They have a powerful stranglehold on the state legislature when it comes to anything gaming related. The other is the Baptist Association. They basically oppose just about every gaming bill as well. Those two groups spend a copious amounts of money to keep things the status quo.

  • unageo09

    First hurdle cleared. The bill got a favorable report from the committee so now we wait for it to get put on the calendar and hopefully to the House floor for a vote.

  • franksmith494

    i’m getting real tired of driving to tennessee every week. this better pass.

  • CompleteCrest321

    unage09, thanks for keeping us informed you’ve done a great job over the past 3 year (THANK YOU.) Like all Alabama sports fans I’m ready for this nonsense to end. If it’s going to happen this will be the year. They will want to pass it in year 1 just like they did with Kay’s gas tax, that way it will give everyone 3 years to get over it before we vote again. That being said there is big donor money that don’t want Fantasy Sports or a lottery in Alabama. This is still an uphill battle. From what I understand if they can pass this it will put right around 3 million a year in the states general fund. So the question is not weather or not it’s gambling it’s weather or not an extra 3 million a year is enough. Bottom line it’s always been about the dollars, do they make more by passing it or do they make more by leaving things as they are.

  • unageo09

    You are right about trying to get bills passed in the first year after an election cycle. I checked and it is not on the calendar for tomorrow so I am hoping it will come up Thursday. They only meet on Tuesdays/Thursdays to vote on bills. The bill was originally sent to the Tourism committee but the sponsor asked for the bill to go to the House Government committee. Gambling bills have to go through the Tourism committee and the sponsor didn’t want the bill to be associated with gambling so they moved it to the other one. The bill clearly states DFS is a game of skill which might help our cause a little. Kyle South is the sponsor so feel free to tweet him (RepSouth16) and let him know you appreciate him introducing the bill and you are in favor of it. Use the hashtag #alpolitics. Or you can go and retweet or like any tweets i have done. (unageo09) I have a few over the last couple weeks. We aren’t halfway through the session just yet but the sooner it gets to the House floor and it passes (hopefully) the sooner it can try to make it through the Senate. The Senate has killed the bills the last 3 years. I am also tired of going out of state (Mississippi) to play.

  • stpelikan66

    I hate to be a pessimist, but I had hope a couple years ago, only to be let down; and when Gov. Ivey stated that the state had a robust economy (not that I believe that for a second) and didn’t need the likes of gambling and a lottery, that tells me all I have to know as to where this will end up. I very much hope I’m wrong on this, trust me. As for driving to other states, I do work in Mississippi, so I can enter while I’m over there, but I would like to be able to enter contests at the last minute on my days off.

  • crazylox2001

    Driving to miss has gotten very very old . I doubt anything comes to this but I would love to be wrong

  • unageo09

    If you follow the money trail you will see that special interest groups are trying to protect their assets. They want zero competition so they give big chunks of money to the legislature every year and any gaming bills get shot down. Don’t let any holier than thou crap fool you if that comes up. They are bought and paid for before any legislation is voted on. The special interest group lottery bill did come out of committee today and they want it voted on by Thursday. That is super fast. I am hoping our DFS bill gets voted on Thursday as well. It is in the other chamber though. I hope the game changer this year will be Speaker McCutcheon being one of the sponsors.

  • franksmith494

    honestly, i’m not expecting it to pass, only because i don’t think it’s a priority to enough of the legislature. I understand that McCutcheon is one of the sponsors, still not sure it’s enough.

  • unageo09

    Even if it passes the House I doubt it works it way through the Senate. Its really hard for them to get anything passed over there it seems. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come up when they are discussing marijuana, the lottery or abortion. Everybody will be mad and they’ll probably just pass over it. FYI, its not on the calendar for tomorrow. Unless they get it added to a special order calendar. It’ll be next Tuesday at the earliest if nothing happens tomorrow.

  • unageo09

    The Alabama Senate passed a lottery bill today. There was a surprise when Senator Whatley tried to make an amendment and add DFS into the legislation. The sponsor tabled the amendment and they killed it. His reasoning was his lottery bill was to be paper only and not include electronic devices. This has no affect on the bill that is currently making its way through the house. However, it appears the Senate is still anti DFS.

  • unageo09

    I got an email from my rep saying he supported the bill. He responded to one of those fantasy for all generic emails that you can send out. I really didn’t think anyone looked at those but he’s new maybe he thinks he is supposed to respond…lol. It’s not on the calendar for tomorrow so will be next Tuesday at the earliest before it comes up for debate. Tomorrow marks the halfway point of the session so hopefully we can get some movement next week.

  • db730

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    Texas finally got something out of the house, so still holding out hope Bama can get it done.

  • CompleteCrest321

    only recent news I could find was at Yellow Hammer https://yellowhammernews.com/state-rep-seeks-to-allow-popular-fantasy-sports-games-in-alabama/

  • unageo09

    It’s still not on the calendar for tomorrow. Rep England thought it might come up this week so maybe Thursday. I’d really like for them to get this to the floor this week. It’s just a waiting game as we are in a holding position.

  • cdabest

    I got a text just now saying the bill is up for vote tomorrow in Alabama.

  • db730

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    who you get the text from? Love to confirm this and try to get the word out.

  • unageo09

    The legislature usually doesn’t meet on Wednesday’s but the Senate is meeting tomorrow so I guess the house will be as well. If you live in Alabama please go to the Fantasy for All website and send that to email your rep! They should release the calendar at some point this evening.

    https://fantasysportsforall.com/connect/alabama/

  • cdabest

    I signed up at this website some time ago and they sent it to me today https://actnow.io/SKs0IfW

    It was an automated message. After I received it I came here to try to validate it and found this thread so I assumed it was accurate.

  • unageo09

    The House is meeting at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow. They haven’t officially released the calendar yet but since so many of us got alerts I’m sure it will be up for a vote.

  • yisman

    Wow. Big news.

  • unageo09

    Second bill on the calendar for this afternoon.

  • CompleteCrest321

    There is really no reason to get excited about this bill in the House. Some type of Fantasy Sports Bill has been passed by the house twice if I’m not mistaken, it’s the State Senate that’s the problem they have never even discussed Fantasy Sports, am i correct about this? Did they not just throw last years bill to the curb without as much as a one minute discussion?

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