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Pam Roach

Senate committee discusses fantasy sports

The variety of laws related to fantasy sports games in Washington state and across the country were discussed before a Senate committee in Washington state Friday, where lawmakers also discussed a bill that proposes legalizing casual, season-long fantasy leagues.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee held a work session on the issue ahead of the next legislative session, which begins Jan. 11.

Most states have no laws that specifically address fantasy sports but do have gambling laws that might dictate whether they're legal. Many permit betting on contests that depend more on skill than chance. Others, like New York and Washington, ban betting on games materially affected...