he bill passed on a 10 vs. 3 vote and has been forwarded for further discussion to the House Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Whilst not unanimous – there remain some areas where amendments will be inserted – the bill appeared to find general favour and has been augmented with the addition of financial details, such as a one-off $500,000 license fee and an annual renewal fee of $100,000, bringing it in line with an equivalent Senate proposal.
“My belief is that if we pass this bill in this format, that we will become a model for the country,” Gaetz said. “And we will show the country how to appropriately deal with fantasy contests.”
The anticipated strong tribal opposition did not materialize, but the bill has a way to travel yet.