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  • MinorThreat

    Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, “requested an opinion regarding the legality of daily fantasy sports contests such as FanDuel and DraftKings under Hawai`i law.” At her request, here is the Attorney General’s news release and opinion on Daily Fantasy Sports: Hawaii AG Opinion

    It looks as though the state is looking towards enforcement of the law rather than regulation.

    Being from Hawaii`i, I’m concerned about our lawmakers not having interest in finding a solution towards regulation. I am hopeful that they would be more inclined to follow suit of states setting a precedence by moving forward with regulation rather than enforcement of the current law and/or criminal penalties.

  • jackofalltrades

    Here is AG Chin.

    http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag/hawaii.php

    For getting it reversed, HI residents should contact the person who requested the opinion, state senator Roz Baker, D, Maui in addition to their own state legislator.

    http://www.rozbaker.com/

    For me, the issue shouldn’t be is DFS “gambling” or not. If it is, so what? Is this not the land of the free and the home of the brave. What about life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, etc.? Do not simply roll over and accept this infringement on your liberty!

  • WAREgl

    @jackofalltrades said...

    Here is AG Chin.

    http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag/hawaii.php

    For getting it reversed, HI residents should contact the person who requested the opinion, state senator Roz Baker, D, Maui in addition to their own state legislator.

    http://www.rozbaker.com/

    For me, the issue shouldn’t be is DFS “gambling” or not. If it is, so what? Is this not the land of the free and the home of the brave. What about life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, etc.? Do not simply roll over and accept this infringement on your liberty!

    They always do this in election year, The same tired “get tough on crime stunt”. I bet that less than 100 people actually play DFS on Maui.

  • jackofalltrades

    Looks like DK is already working the legislative route:

    http://www.cbs46.com/story/31124045/hawaii-prosecutor-to-fantasy-sports-sites-stop-taking-bets

    I think this is the way a number of states are going to go. AG says its illegal and they have to get a law passed exempting DFS for a “fee” for licensing, etc., of course.

  • Olhausen

    I guess there’s not to many people from Hawaii that play Dfs since no one is commenting on this. Even though I’m in Tennessee it still worries me that yet another state has gone down.

  • njo1987

    There is a thread about this already in the industry forum. The DFS community in Hawaii is small, and thats what worries me about this. Since DK and FD get little in return fighting for Hawaii, how much effort will actually be put into getting me and some other players back on ASAP. Such a disappointment that the state decides to handcuff players and sites like this

  • 1srekal

    Yeah it’s a real disappointment, but having moved here couple years back and seeing how the gambling laws were so strict, was kind of expecting this eventually.

    It is also worrisome how the news of Hawaii isn’t really big compared to the NY crackdown. FD was all over it when NY banned it, but with Hawaii, they haven’t even sent out an email of any sort addressing it. DK at least sent out an email saying Hawaii would be restricted though.

  • walkoff9

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    @njo1987 said...

    There is a thread about this already in the industry forum. The DFS community in Hawaii is small, and thats what worries me about this. Since DK and FD get little in return fighting for Hawaii, how much effort will actually be put into getting me and some other players back on ASAP. Such a disappointment that the state decides to handcuff players and sites like this

    I would say 0 effort. Aside from just not many players being there, the cost of fighting legal battles so far away would be absurd.

  • MinorThreat

    There aren’t many of us here in Hawaii that play, but that shouldn’t be the deterrent. It’s the principle of the matter.

  • 1srekal

    Just found this while searching for news/updates on regulation of DFS in Hawaii –

    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2722&year=2016

    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2429&year=2016

    Some kind of public hearing for both bills for and against DFS in Hawaii scheduled on the 11th.

    Just thought some of yall might want to know and keep up with that for any further news.

  • WAREgl

    Nice to see only one person signed the anti DFS bill.

  • EasyRawlins

    @PJGuin23 said...

    You guys have a fairly young Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who actually was one of the few Democrats to sign on to Sheldon Adelson inspired RAWA legislation. She sounds like a real peach on other issues too.

    What is it with Hawaii and anti gambling crusades? Trying to be “family frriendly”? You guys also passed smoking at 21. Sounds like an awful Nanny State to me.

    It’s a shame that Gabbard has been corrupted in that manner…….she is a freaking hottie……..

  • njo1987

    @EasyRawlins said...

    It’s a shame that Gabbard has been corrupted in that manner…….she is a freaking hottie……..

    100% hahahahha

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @EasyRawlins said...

    It’s a shame that Gabbard has been corrupted in that manner…….she is a freaking hottie……..

    She gives off that “by the book, resting bitch face” vibe though. Killer body and apparently has a regimented workout. Despite being a fellow X-Ennial generation Democrat I’m her polar opposite- A carnivore and strongly pro legalized gambling.

  • Jhollywood8

    • 2019 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Anyone have an update to the Hawaii hearing today?

  • MinorThreat

    Today, they voted 5 to 1 (with reservations), that establishes fantasy competition as a violation of gambling laws. On the 9th, they deleted the measure for regulation and consumer protections – not sure why.

  • njo1987

    ridiculous

  • WAREgl

    @MinorThreat said...

    Today, they voted 5 to 1 (with reservations), that establishes fantasy competition as a violation of gambling laws. On the 9th, they deleted the measure for regulation and consumer protections – not sure why.

    So does this mean even ESPN season long leagues are illegal?

  • 1srekal

    @MinorThreat said...

    Today, they voted 5 to 1 (with reservations), that establishes fantasy competition as a violation of gambling laws. On the 9th, they deleted the measure for regulation and consumer protections – not sure why.

    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2429&year=2016

    Seems like the 1 wasn’t even a no.. just an absent/excused vote?

    Either way, I’m guessing with the other measure being deleted, it’s not looking too good for us eh?

  • WAREgl

    @1srekal said...

    http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2429&year=2016

    Seems like the 1 wasn’t even a no.. just an absent/excused vote?

    Either way, I’m guessing with the other measure being deleted, it’s not looking too good for us eh?

    Sad times

  • Jhollywood8

    • 2019 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Love it. Finally start to profit in NBA and i get stationed in a banned state. I feel as if there should be a military clause as long as the state where I still pay income taxes allows dfs.

  • MinorThreat

    @WAREgl said...

    So does this mean even ESPN season long leagues are illegal?

    That’s what it sounds like after reading the material provided on the legislature’s website but the wording is not precise.

    This is a quote from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of the City and County of Honolulu:
    “The Department strongly believes that Hawaii’s current gambling laws provide a good
    balance between protecting the interests and safety of the public, while at the same time
    providing reasonable and sufficient exceptions. The gambling laws do not require any further
    amendments or additions.”

    At no time have I felt unsafe playing fantasy sports. You know what makes me feel unsafe, the 3 shootings within a few blocks from where I live in Hilo, and I don’t live in a “bad” area.

    The proposed measure doesn’t read well, and it leaves more questions than answers.

    Just curious, would any of you who live in Hawaii consider moving to a state where you can legally participate in season long leagues and DFS?

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    Not really the chill place I thought it was. And the no smoking for 18-20 year Olds is BS especially those who serve our country and stationed there. Hawaii is now the Nanny State hell hole of the year. Congrats. Won’t be vacationing there anytime soon÷

  • MinorThreat

    @PJGuin23 said...

    Not really the chill place I thought it was. And the no smoking for 18-20 year Olds is BS especially those who serve our country and stationed there. Hawaii is now the Nanny State hell hole of the year. Congrats. Won’t be vacationing there anytime soon÷

    Hawaii will always be my home but it isn’t the paradise everyone thinks it is. It’s hard to live here and have a life. Nanny State for sure – here in our county (not sure about the state), you can’t smoke and drive while children are in the car. The time, money and effort put into these “nanny laws” could be put towards something more productive.

    Criminalizing fantasy sports is not the answer to ending gambling problems. Bookies are more of a problem but you rarely hear about anything being done on that front.

  • njo1987

    The thing about Hawaii is that the people are as laid back as you can imagine, lawmakers however are polar opposite. Power hungry a-holes who feel like they need to regulate everything in our lives because they are afraid to let us regulate ourselves. Then turn a blind eye to corruption and underground gambling rings on a daily basis.

  • jordan0210

    There’s gotta be like a Facebook group or a change.org petition for us Hawaii players…someone make one.

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