From the Morning Memo:

State lawmakers are nearing an agreement this month to pave the way for allowing daily fantasy sports in New York, months after a legal challenge sidelined popular websites FanDuel and DraftKings.

Different bills in the Senate and Assembly are expected to be reconciled soon.

“Although they’re not the same, then we will close with them,” Sen. John Bonacic said. “Our differences are minor as far as I’m concerned and I do believe we’ll have an agreed upon bill by next week.”

Opponents of gambling expansion in the state pushed back Thursday, saying such a move is about generating revenue so lawmakers can avoid raising taxes.

“They’re unwilling to raise taxes and they look for alternative sources of revenue,” said Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick. “That’s what this has become.”

Opponents like Fitzpatrick say allowing fantasy sports is a harmful decision as more gambling options sprout up around the state, including four casinos now under construction.

“They love sports and they evidently want to bet,” Fitzpatrick said. “There will be serious casualties to this.”

But the biggest push back hasn’t come from the under-funded gambling opponents, but operators of racinos, who had initially wanted fantasy sports to operate out of their facilities.

“I was quite surprised by it because we’ve had fantasy sports around for 10 years and the racinos have never said a word about it,” Bonacic said.

The New York Gaming Association has deployed lobbyists and an online campaign in recent days to attempt to kill the fantasy sports bill. Senator John Bonacic says allowing fantasy sports bets shouldn’t infringe on the money generated by racinos.

“Fantasy sports is very small compared to the racinos,” Bonacic said, adding, “There are six states now that have fantasy sports and not one of them are tied into a gambling institution.”

Should fantasy sports be allowed, the bill would resolve a legal battle started last year by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who argued the service is essentially a game of chance, outlawed by the constitution.