Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business

Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business

Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business

Below is an email sent from Scott Atkins of Scout Fantasy on March 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm to FSTA President Paul Charchian, Rotowire’s Peter Schoenke, Jay Correia of DreamCo, Alex Kaganovsky of FFPC & Dave Gerczak of FFPC:


Hey Charch,

Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business

 

Below is an email sent from Scott Atkins of Scout Fantasy on March 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm to FSTA President Paul Charchian, Rotowire’s Peter Schoenke, Jay Correia of DreamCo, Alex Kaganovsky of FFPC & Dave Gerczak of FFPC

 

Hey Charch,

 

This seems like good news to me.

 

re: Indiana

 

I just got off the phone with David P Johnson, Deputy General Counsel.  He's the policy director for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

 

Takeaways from the call.

 

He said the Governor has not received the bill yet. Once it passes the senate, it goes to the IN Senate President (David Long) and then the IN House Speaker (Brian Bosma) for signatures. He expects the Gov will receive it next Thursday. At that time, it has 7 days, then it becomes law if he doesn't sign it, which he doesn't expect he would even sign, but he wasn't sure.

 

1. He had no idea there was even an industry for fantasy sports gaming outside of DK and FD. He watched this bill all the way through and it was never represented that other companies were involved.

2. He said their intent was not to regulate traditional fantasy companies, and were actually only expecting official registrations from two companies, DraftKings and Fanduel.

3. He recommended us contacting Rep Morrison out of Terre Haute who proposed the bill and Senator Jon Ford (who he said he has a close relationship and will speak to), who said Ford wants to get the bill right.

4. He said, he can understand why we'd want clarity and safe harbor such as Massachusetts defined, but it was his opinion, that if we'd been operating for years that this bill would have no impact on our business.  

5. He also suggested as an alternative , to get an opinion letter from the Atty General, Greg Zoeller, who could perhaps ease our concerns or worst case, confirm our concerns were real.



Peter Schoenke then responded stating that he advised against seeking an Atty. General letter. Instead, he evidently would rather just have season-long companies exit the state? And what about the small and mid-size DFS sites? Indiana never expected them to be able to register? Or did they even know they existed?

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  • commented 2016-03-30 12:42:52 -0400
    We hope that they go back and fix it in 2017. That’s why the SBFSTA is so crucial. Small fantasy sports businesses cannot afford to lose states and then hope they get them back because they may never get them back.
  • commented 2016-03-29 21:50:34 -0400
    Reading this gives me some hope that Indiana may go back and fix it. Sounds like they would’ve wanted to get it right if they actually understood what was going on.