LANSING, Mich. — Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) has introduced a package of bills that will protect the millions of Michiganders who participate in fantasy sports games.

These bills will clarify the legality of fantasy sports in Michigan and institute consumer protections to safeguard players. This legislation will also ensure the legality of “home” leagues. Senate Bills 461 and 462 will offer Michigan players the assurance that they are operating within the law, that contests are being fairly and transparently operated, and that their privacy and security are protected.

“An estimated 1.6 million Michiganders participate in fantasy sports leagues every year,” said Sen. Hertel. “This legislation will ensure that games are fair and players are protected.”

The bills include the following:

  • Clarify the legality of fantasy sports in Michigan
  • Ensure players are 18 and above;
  • Require all fantasy game operators to be licensed by the State;
  • Exemption for players who participate in “home” leagues from licensure requirement;
  • Prohibit any contest based on a collegiate or high school sport or athletic event;
  • Restrict employees of fantasy sports contest companies from playing;
  • Require disclosure of the number of entries a player may submit to each contest, and the number of total entries allowed for each contest;
  • Require procedures to protect the privacy and online security of players and their accounts;
  • Keep player funds separate from operating funds, ensuring player money is accessible at all times; and,
  • Require fantasy sports operators to make resources relating to compulsive behavior available and allow any player to self-exclude from further fantasy contest play.

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