On March 29, 2017, two charitable gaming bills were favorably reported out of the House Committee for Regulatory Reform. House Bill No. 4081 (HB 4081) was reported with recommendation with substitute H2and Senate Bill No. 0035 (SB 0035) was reported with recommendation with substitute H1. The bills were returned to the house floor and scheduled for a second reading.
Both pieces of legislation seek to amend the Traxler-McCauley-Law-Bowman Bingo Act (“Bingo Act”) by overhauling the provisions regulating charitable millionaire parties held within the state and seek to organize the Act into two Articles. According to the House Committee for Regulatory Reform, Article 1, created by Senate Bill 35, with substitution H1, would contain definitions and provisions pertaining to different types of allowable charitable gaming other than millionaire parties. Enforcement and supervision of the administration of Article 1 would be the responsibility of the Bureau of State Lottery.
Article 2, created by House Bill 4081 with substitute H2, would govern millionaire parties. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“Board”) would bear responsibility for regulating millionaire parties, or those events at which wagers are placed on games of chance through the use of imitation money, similar to that of a casino. Many of the provisions are similar or identical to provisions contained in the emergency rules promulgated by the executive director of the Board in 2014. However, HB 4081 would rescind any rules promulgated by the executive director prior to the bill’s effective date and require the promulgation of new rules to implement Article 2.
HB 4081 and SB 0035 were introduced by Representative Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), respectively.