MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has passed legislation legalizing online fantasy sports contests.
Former Attorney General Luther Strange shut down fantasy sports operators like DraftKings and FanDuel in 2016 for running afoul of the state's laws against illegal gambling.
The bill which passed Tuesday 22-8 exempts the online contests from the prohibition against gambling and requires operators to register with the Attorney General's Office.
It allows players who are at least 19 years old to participate.
An amendment passed by the Senate raised the tax on operator's gross revenues from 8 percent to 10.5 percent. The tax contributes to the state's General Fund.
The amended legislation now heads to the House for approval.
- Alabama Senate passes bill legalizing fantasy sports, ups tax
- Alabama Senate passes Common Core removal bill
- New Alzheimer's Bill passes Alabama House, heads to Senate
- Alabama abortion ban passes in Senate committee
- Alabama Senate Republicans propose modest tax cut
- Senator Shelby announces funding for Alabama in Senate-passed defense bill
- Senate committee advances Alabama lottery bill
- Alabama Senate narrowly approves lottery bill
- House passes $1.5T tax bill in major win for GOP
- WAAY 31 I-TEAM: Alabama Senate passes bill to reform state parole board