Tanya Ditty, the state director of the conservative Christian activist group Concerned Women for America, said gambling leads to higher instances of alcohol or drug use and mental illness.
“Where we’re concerned is just the impact that gambling has on individuals and on the family,” she said.
State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown, a sponsor of the bill, has said that online fantasy sports are games of skill that require research and practice. He said the legislation is designed to protect consumers.
Senate Regulated Industries Committee Chairman Frank Ginn, R-Danielsville, said there have been instances where smaller fantasy sports companies have refused to pay out winnings. This bill would keep that from happening, he said.
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