HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 32Michigan Online Gaming Bills Accelerating?

Representative Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Township) recently introduced legislation seeking to regulate iGaming in Michigan, HB4926.  While the bill was only introduced on September 12, 2017, Rep. Iden expressed his desire that it be passed before Thanksgiving.  In an interview given to Online Poker Report, Rep. Iden stated: “Throughout the month of October, I’m hoping to gain a lot of headway.  If I had my way, we’ll be able to get everyone to the table and put a bill together and through the House before the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll see how achievable it is, but that’s my goal.” 

If Rep. Iden follows through on his goal, it would appear the bills may be moving faster than indicated  during the House Regulatory Reform Committee hearing considering the bill on September 13, 2017.  Throughout the hearing, Rep. Iden indicated that the process would be “slow” as he wanted to make sure they got the legislation right.  It appears as though he is wanting things to move faster now, though, stating in the interview: “I’m telling them, ‘I have the desire to work with you to make this legislation right, but if you don’t come forward we’re going to proceed anyway.’  I think the message is starting to resonate. I’m not naïve. I do understand there are some hoops we’ll have to jump through so everyone believes it is equitable.”

HB 4926 is similar to the package of bills (SB 203and SB 204) introduced by Senator Kowell in March earlier this year.  While those bills were reported favorably out of committee on March 9, they have yet to be taken up by the Senate.  The stumbling block for both sets of bills remains getting consensus from the twelve tribes that operate gaming facilities in Michigan as well as the three Detroit casinos with respect to acceptable language.

 

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