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Mon Dec 4, 2017, 12:59 AM

Fantasy gaming, eyewear sales tax among bills getting Statehouse votes

Ohio lawmakers this week voted to legalize and regulate fantasy gaming, exempt prescription eyewear from the sales tax and keep high school students better-informed of career choices.

The Ohio Senate passed a bill that would hand regulation of fantasy sports gaming, such as those offered by online sites DraftKings and FanDuel, over to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Players pay to select individual athletes who score points based on their performance in games, with the highest scores winning cash payouts.

Games would be exempt from state gambling laws.

The bill prohibits an operator from offering fantasy contests for youth or college sports, and prohibits employees of a gaming site from participating in the games.

Without the bill, Ohioans could be left exposed with no recourse if a gaming site operates unfairly or fraudulently, said Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171130/fantasy-gaming-eyewear-sales-tax-among-bills-getting-statehouse-votes

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