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Take action: Help us to fully legalize fantasy sports in Iowa!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Meg Van Petten
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Fantasy sports players in Iowa and fantasy players who may potentially play in Iowa: Did you know that it is not clear if playing fantasy sports in Iowa is fully legal?
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association would like Iowa to clarify its laws to fully legalize all forms of fantasy sports. The Iowa standard for gambling currently does not allow fantasy sports contests that award prizes as any play-for-cash contest violates Iowa state law, regardless of whether the contest involves predominantly skill or chance.
As a result, the FSTA is helping to support a bill in the Iowa House of Representatives (HF 2383) clarifying that fantasy sports contests are legal in Iowa. Our efforts have helped pass the bill in both key Iowa Senate and House committees with overwhelming bi-partisan support. But the bill is waiting for a vote on the floor of the House.
We need your help to convince members of the Iowa House to bring the bill up for a vote.
To help the effort, please contact the bill's sponsor, Jake Highfill, and House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, who decides what bills come up for a vote.
Here's what you can tell them:
“I am one of thousands of fantasy sports competitors in Iowa that compete with other fantasy sports competitors to draft the best players and win my league. We would like to be able to compete with each other knowing fantasy sports contests are legal in Iowa. Please support and pass HF 2383."
Here is where to contact the key legislators:
Rep. Jake Highfill, Johnston, Iowa – jake.highfill@legis.iowa.gov
His constituents are in http://ballotpedia.org/Iowa_House_of_Representatives_District_39
House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, Clear Lake, Iowa – linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov
Her constituents are in http://ballotpedia.org/Iowa_House_of_Representatives_District_54
If you are a resident of Iowa, please contact your representative in the House and/or Senate and let them know they should support the bill. You can find your representatives here:https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find.
Let us know how else we can assist you in this effort.
Thank you.
FSTA Legal Committee

Fantasy Sports Trade Association
600 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL, 60611
T: 312.771.7019

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