Lawmakers want to regulate online fantasy sports sites

Online gaming legalized in 2015

BOSTON (WWLP) – State lawmakers legalized online gaming last summer, and now, they are exploring ways to regulate the industry.

Companies are currently doing business without any government oversight, and lawmakers want to create regulations that still allow these companies to innovate and grow.

A special State House commission met for the first time on Monday to explore how the state can oversee the online gaming industry. The panel is made up of state lawmakers, online gaming executives, and one member from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. They will spend the next several months looking at the impacts daily fantasy sports could have on consumers and casinos, such as MGM Springfield.

Sen. Eileen Donoguhe (D-Lowell) told 22News that they will be looking at ways to protect consumers and their personal information on the Internet.

“There’s no oversight. The Gaming Commission, though it exists for brick-and-mortars, has not been tasked with overseeing this new industry. So we need to decide those things,” Donoghue said.

The commission has until the end of July to come up with regulations.