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Virginia bets on fantasy sports websites with new law. Virginia bets on fantasy sports websites with new law.

Virginia became the first state to legalize fantasy sports websites when Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the Fantasy Contests Act into law March 7, according to CNET.

While other states are outlawing websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, saying they violate state gambling regulations, Virginia embraces what advocates call a game of skill. “Today, Virginia became the first state in the nation this year to put in place a thoughtful and appropriate regulatory framework to protect the rights of fantasy players,” DraftKings said in a statement.

State senators Bryce Reeves and Creigh Deeds, who represent Charlottesville and Albemarle, voted against the measure, as did Delegate Steve Landes. Delegates Rob Bell, Matt Fariss and David Toscano were yeas.

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