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Gaming commission advances without fantasy sports regulation

June 13, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A measure creating a new state commission to oversee the state lottery, bingo and raffles and boxing in North Carolina has now cleared a House committee, minus any language to regulate fantasy sports games.

The House Judiciary Committee voted for the North Carolina Gaming Commission proposal on Thursday, a week after legislation containing both the commission and new fantasy sports regulations failed. Some members panned language in that bill declaring fantasy sports games aren’t gambling.

Thursday’s debate focused on a failed amendment that would have removed video lottery games from the list of activities the proposed commission would conduct feasibility studies on, which include sports betting and steeplechases.

A state lottery commission already exists, so the measure now heading to another committee would merge its duties into the new commission.

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