The legal position of fantasy football leagues in Maryland has been ambiguous since a 2006 finding by the Maryland attorney general that anything involving a stake, an element of chance and a reward constitutes gambling. But federal law specifically exempts fantasy sports from Internet gambling rules, as long as the teams do not exactly mirror real-life teams and the prizes are agreed upon up front. The new Maryland law brings the state into line with that standard.
Source: Associated Press
Other new laws that take effect Monday
•People convicted federally or in another state of violent and drug crimes will be banned from owning regulated firearms, rifles and shotguns.
•The penalty for being caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana will be cut to 90 days in prison or a fine of $500 (or both), down from a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
•The state will have to publish a list of missing children and annual statistics. The law is named for Phylicia Barnes, a teenager from North Carolina who disappeared in 2010 while she was visiting Baltimore, and was later found dead.
•Employers will be banned from requiring that job-seekers and current employees hand over passwords to their social media accounts.
•Sperm or eggs from donors who have died will only be allowed to be used for reproduction if the donor gave permission before dying.