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  • texasrangersfan

    I just received a text stating that Tuesday is make or break for a law to be passed in Texas regarding Fantasy Sports.

    Quote from Text:

    So far, it hasn’t been enough. Tuesday is make or break for TX fantasy sports! Ask your lawmaker to support
    HB-1457. Call 512-640-2300, you’ll be patched thru.

    It doesn’t sound good in TX. My suggestion would be for anyone living in Texas to call this number.

    If TX gets banned from Fantasy Sports it will be a big blow to the industry.

  • AlexDunlap

    @billholler said...

    Once again if I’m interpreting this right, that means the bill takes effect on September 1st which would mean that DFS quietly sneaks into the legal category.

    So I had to delve into this a little more. My rep is Chris Paddie who is not only a Facebook friend of my businesses FB page but his brother and sister in law are regular customers of mine. His FB page shows him at the floor hearings this past week with not only Tony Romo but Ivan Rodriguez. Both of course are sports gods in this state and actively pushing for the legalization of DFS in Texas.

    so did he tell you anything about what was going to happen?

    it seems unlikely to me that the bill, if not voted on, would come to pass on 9/1.

    If that is the case, DK and FD would likely be telling everyone to shut up and not cause a stir so as not to chance the thing being voted down and take the bird in hand with a 9/1 passing.

    However, you know how people are in politics – maybe this provision was put in because the sponsor Rep Raymond knew that some of the evangelical-types might not care about us playing fantasy, but still wouldn’t want to implicitly vote for it and have that be on their voting record. By allowing the bill to simply “pass through” in the scenario you described as your understanding of that section, it would allow those who don’t care but wouldn’t want to vote “FOR” to turn the other cheek and have their hands clean of the legislation should anyone ask about it down the line.

    Just tossing some ideas out there, I’m no more in the know than you guys, but appreciate the continued updates from those looking into it.

  • yisman

    thanks, calling

  • yisman

    ok, that was easy. I just called, punched in my zip, and told the guy who answered I wanted to support House Bill 1457

    Galveston, TX zip 77551

  • billholler

    I spoke to my local rep on Facebook. His exact words I copied and pasted:

    Him – “It is currently in Calendars committee and would have to be voted out today to be able to meet the deadline. Don’t think that will happen”

    Me – “I am obviously a daily fantasy player so I’m just curious if I will still be able to play tomorrow. If not, I want my money out tonight.”

    Him – “I play as well. I don’t really think anything will change. The bill would have just clarified that they are ok. If I hear differently, I will let you know”

    I am really digging that last response. He got my vote.

  • BigPod

    @billholler said...

    I own the bowling center in Marshall. Live on the backside of the golf course on Hwy 80.

    Nice! It’s been years but I’ve golfed there a couple times. My dad lived a couple miles off of highway 59 at the “Ol Bonita Ranch” if your familiar with that. He passed away several years ago, but I still have an Uncle (Gene Younger) that lives in Marshall. I’ll drop by and say hello next time I’m in the area.

  • AlexDunlap

    Just spoke with Rep Pena’s assistant and he’s said he’s trying to stay optimistic.

    Basically, Rep Pena has the votes in the Texas House to pass this through. He said his boss is 99% sure he has the votes and that much is in the bag. The problem is that the Chairman of the Calendars Committee (Todd Hunter @toddahunter on Twitter and phone 512-463-0672) has yet to put the bill on the calendar. The house is behind on its bills and if the bill is not put on the calendar for Tuesday, it is likely going to die. Thursday is the last day of voting before Senate voting starts, and by Thursday, they will only then be catching up on Tuesday calendar items.

    As for the provision in the bill about enactment on 9/1, I was told that language only becomes law if the bill is passed and voted on, and has to do with timing of the signing into law by the governor, etc. The 9/1 “slipping into being legal” idea is not happening.

    Here is a reasonable outlook and the actionable steps we can take:

    1) CALL TODD HUNTER’S OFFICE and tweet him. I was told that as of yesterday, an assistant in that office said they’d received hundreds of calls, stay on him. ASK specifically that HE PUT HB 1457 ON THE CALENDAR and ask why it hasn’t already been put on to begin with?

    2) Call the Calendars Committee Vice Chairs and ask them as a Texan (even if you aren’t one) to add the bill to the calendar.

    Rep. Donna Howard (D) (512) 463-0631
    Rep. Alonzo, Roberto R. (512) 463-0408
    Rep. Ashby, Trent (512) 463-0508
    Rep. Cook, Byron (512) 463-0730
    Rep. Davis, Sarah (512) 463-0389
    Rep. Geren, Charlie (512) 463-0610
    Rep. Giddings, Helen (512) 463-0953
    Rep. Kacal, Kyle (512) 463-0412
    Rep. King, Ken (512) 463-0736
    Rep. Koop, Linda (512) 463-0454
    Rep. Nevárez, Poncho (512) 463-0566
    Rep. Paddie, Chris 512) 463-0556
    Rep. Phelan, Dade (512) 463-0706
    Rep. Rose, Toni (512) 463-0664

    FINALLY, should the calendar committee not get the bill scheduled for Tuesday, we still have a few outs:

    a) the companion Senate Bill will still have a chance to be voted on next week unless it gets stalled in a similar fashion; who knows if the votes are there in the senate like Pena believes they are in the house, though.

    b) like the admin in Pena’s office told me on the phone – if the bill doesn’t go to vote, nothing changes. Fantasy’s legality in Texas will remain the same as it had previously. The bill not passing would mean that fantasy and/or DFS is now illegal in Texas. With this understood, he said “if the bill dies, it means nothing changes.” While he clearly didn’t have any insight on what DraftKings is doing internally, he mentioned to me that DK is currently operating in Texas along with other DFS sites and millions in Texas play season-long, so that much isn’t going to be impacted from his perspective.

    — we can always worry that DK would pull out of Texas in the case this bill does not come up for vote, but my instincts ask why on Earth they would? It’s one of the biggest states and one they are fighting to operate in. Also, since there is no state regulation here, it’s actually probably cheaper to operate here than it is in other states where companies must pay enormous fees and give percentages of the contest fees to state, etc. I believe a non-vote on the issue in the house and senate gives us until 2019 to continue playing, just without complete clarity on the legality.

  • rsrunningrebels

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    hype machines:

    Awesome informative thread with viable COAs ( Courses of Action) to get the best possible outcome!!! I will be acting on all the courses of actions you put forth to increase our chances of getting this bill on the calendar. With the support behind this bill to pass, I think that it is in everyone’s interest to get resolution sooner than later. Thanks again for one of the most informative and qualitative threads I have seen in this forum!

    Chris

  • geardaddy

    Man I hope we get FanDuel back. I will be perfectly happy if nothing changes until 2019 though.

  • markaw4

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    http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&event_id=3186

    Link to watch TX House precedings……looks like a calendar committee meeting has been scheduled today at 4pm so continue to call and tweet Todd Hunter

  • AlexDunlap

    Hunter’s phones have been shut down to going straight to voicemail, keep bombarding him. Get your wife, mom, friends, etc. to all call and just ask them to leave a short message. I just sent a few texts out to my close friends and family to get it done – if we all did the same, that becomes a throng of folks really quickly.

    After speaking with all of the offices on the calendars committee today, I certainly know that many were VERY taken aback by the level of support the bill has received.

  • billholler

    hypemachines response is a way more detailed version of my previous post. Much appreciated. Basically we are back to nothing which is temporarily a good thing. See no reason whatsoever why DK would pull out of the state if they haven’t already.

  • rsrunningrebels

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    hypemachines,

    Update: I too called all the offices of the calendars committee and requested, each time to place HB-1457 on the calendar for review. I encourage everyone else to contact the calendars committee today to augment the level of support. There is one number that you listed that does not link directly to call as the area code is not properly linked. Maybe you can re-post so we can hit up that representative too. I’d do it myself but I am not tech savvy. I wanted all of you fellow DFS buds to know that I have a ton of lineups in tonight’s MLB contests to attend to and refine but that I had to prioritize this fight first in order to exponentially increase our chances to keep DFS alive in Texas. Happy Grinding to all and please keep the fight strong and continued!!!

  • ballabal

    I just called someone in Todd Hunter’s office about getting HB1457 on the calendar. A live person answered the phone for me and was very polite also.

  • deactivated155962

    did my part

  • yisman

    I’m going to keep tweeting, in case it helps.

  • Fortyoz40

    Any news on this?

  • Fortyoz40

    Found this on Twitter – After talking to the office of Rep Raymond Richard Pena it doesn’t appear the DFS bill is going to make it to a vote in Texas #DFS RT

  • billholler

    So assuming DK doesn’t pull out of the state now and I don’t see why they would, that means we are safe until 2019 right?

  • billholler

    So far the only think I’ve seen is that they voted to end annual car inspections. Saves me $20 a year. Thanks.

  • yisman

    @billholler said...

    So assuming DK doesn’t pull out of the state now and I don’t see why they would, that means we are safe until 2019 right?

    status quo remains so DK stays I’m sure

  • lloydjv1

    @billholler said...

    So far the only think I’ve seen is that they voted to end annual car inspections. Saves me $20 a year. Thanks.

    That’s pretty good news. Most of the cars you see out where I live can hardly pass anyway. Now watch them vote for a state income tax…..

  • texasrangersfan

    You guys are much more optimistic than me. I don’t see how DK stays in TX considering their upcoming merger with FD and that the AG has considered this illegal. I hope I am wrong.

  • billholler

    @texasrangersfan said...

    You guys are much more optimistic than me. I don’t see how DK stays in TX considering their upcoming merger with FD and that the AG has considered this illegal. I hope I am wrong.

    An AG writing an opinion has absolutely no legal bearing. DK has zero risk of any sort of legal repercussions by staying in Texas. There is no law saying DFS is illegal and there has never been a cease and desist order issued. Still don’t understand why FD pulled out.

  • reugene81

    im hoping for the best!! bring back fd to texas!!

  • billholler

    My rep just said that there is still a Senate bill that could pass regarding DFS. No idea what that means. Kind of a vague response.

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