ASSEMBLY, No. 4805

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 3, 2015

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  ANNETTE QUIJANO

District 20 (Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires fantasy sports provider to adopt policy prohibiting its employees from playing fantasy sports.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act requiring any fantasy sports provider to adopt a policy prohibiting its employees from playing fantasy sports and supplementing Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  Any organization that provides persons within this State with the opportunity to participate in fantasy sports shall adopt and enforce a policy that prohibits any employee of that organization from playing fantasy sports through that organization and through any other fantasy sports organization.  Compliance with this requirement shall be a condition of conducting fantasy sports in this State and any fantasy sports organization that fails to adopt, or fails to enforce, such a policy shall be prohibited from offering persons located within this State the ability to participate in fantasy sports.

     b.    The Attorney General shall be responsible for the enforcement of P.L.    , c.     (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).  The Attorney General shall monitor organizations that offer persons located within this State the opportunity to participate in fantasy sports to ensure compliance with this section.  If the Attorney General determines that such an organization does not have a policy that is consistent with this section, or if it comes to the attention of the Attorney General that an organization subject to this section is not enforcing such a policy, the Attorney General shall file an action in a court of competent jurisdiction seeking to bar that organization from offering fantasy sports in this State until such time as the Attorney General determines that it is in compliance with this section.

     c.     As used in this section, “fantasy sports” means games that allow participants to choose professional or collegiate players in a sport and to compete via the Internet against other participants based upon the actual performance of those players.

     d.    The Attorney General shall promulgate such rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect on the 60th day after enactment, except that the Attorney General may take any anticipatory administrative action in advance as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides that an organization that offers persons in this State the opportunity to participate in fantasy sports must adopt and enforce a policy that prohibits any employee of that organization from playing fantasy sports through that organization or any other fantasy sports organization.  Any fantasy sports organization that fails to adopt, or fails to enforce, such a policy will be prohibited from offering persons located within this State the opportunity to participate in fantasy sports.  The Attorney General will be responsible for enforcing the bill’s provisions and is directed to file an action in court seeking to bar an organization that is not in compliance from offering fantasy sports in this State.  The bill directs the Attorney General to adopt rules and regulations that may be necessary for the bill’s implementation.  Under the bill, “fantasy sports” is defined as games that allow participants to choose professional or collegiate players in a sport and to compete via the Internet against other fantasy sports participants based upon the actual performance of those players.  The bill will take effect on the 60th day after enactment.