HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 24Issue 31HOUSE REGULATORY REFORM COMMITTEE SENDS BILL AMENDING GAMING ACT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR

On Wednesday of this week, the House Regulatory Reform Committee sent a Substitute House Bill 5881 to the House floor for consideration.  The Committee voted on a substituted version of the bill which includes a number of changes to the Gaming Control and Revenue Act (“Act”).  The Act has not been amended since its passage in 1997, and the Committee had previously discussed the need for some updates to be made.

The current substitute version of the bill makes several changes to make Michigan’s regulatory standards more in line with other gaming jurisdictions.   It includes relief with regard to occupational licensing standards, giving the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) the discretion to allow people to be licensed even if they had a felony conviction (more than 10 years in the past) or a misdemeanor conviction (more than 5 years in the past) if the Board is convinced that the applicant does not pose a threat to the integrity of gaming and the applicant otherwise meets the licensing standards. 

The bill also contains a number of updates to make some necessary corrections, to update the law to be consistent with certain Attorney General opinions that have been issued, to further strengthen the confidentiality of information that the MGCB obtains from licensees, and to make licensing standards more consistent with industry standards.  

The House Bill Substitute H-3 was adopted, and reported to the full House floor by a vote of 14-1 by the Regulatory Reform Committee.

 

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