The signing of House Bill 2772 and amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts directs the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) to adopt rules and act as the primary regulator and enforcement body for event wagering and fantasy sports contests. Additionally, this legislation requires event wagering & fantasy sports contests providers to furnish help for those who may have a problem with gambling, as well as allows individuals to exclude themselves from these new forms of legal wagering statewide.
There are several steps that these rules and the associated amended Tribal-State Compacts will have to go through in order to become operational.
Amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts
After the amended Tribal-State Compacts (compacts) are signed by the State and Arizona Tribes, they are then submitted to the Federal Department of the Interior - Office of Indian Gaming (OIG). OIG has 45 days to review and approve these compacts. If no action is taken within the 45 days, the compacts are automatically approved and sent to the federal register, who has 90 days to officially publish the compacts. After this step, the amended compacts will go into effect in Arizona.
Fantasy Sports Contests and Event Wagering
In the rulemaking process for fantasy sports contests and event wagering, ADG is currently focused on completing a first draft of rules. After this draft is completed, ADG will then receive feedback from industry stakeholders on the first draft of rules. After input from industry stakeholders, ADG will finalize drafted rules and post them for public inspection and comment.
Once both the compacts and the rulemaking process is complete, these new legalized games will become operational.