Below are summaries concerning the most recent legislative action on gaming-related bills currently before the Michigan Legislature, including advertising during Club Keno games, preventing online Michigan Lottery ticket sales, recreational senior citizen wagering in approved facilities, and limiting welfare benefits of Michigan Lottery winners.

Senate Bill 0601 (SB 601)– This bill was introduced on September 7, 2011 by Sen. Kowall (R-White Lake) and seeks to amend the Lottery Act to allow for advertising on Club Keno game media or to sponsor individual draws in the game, and to establish the Club Keno Advertising Fund within the state treasury.  The bill would allow the Lottery Commissioner to enter into a contract to allow for advertising.  If a contract included advertisements for alcohol, the Bureau of State Lottery would be required to provide the Liquor Control Commission with all available information about the proposed contract, the contracting party, and the proposed advertisements before airing.  Funds would ultimately be disbursed to the School Aid Fund, minus any costs related to advertising or expenses of the Liquor Control Commission.  Notably, at a Wednesday, March 28, 2012 House Regulatory Reform Committee meeting, the Liquor Control Commission voiced its support for the bill.

Senate Bill 1003– This bill was introduced on March 6, 2012 by Sen. Green (R-Mayville) and seeks to amend the Lottery Act to prevent the Michigan Lottery Commissioner from participating in the sale of state lottery tickets over the internet.  On March 6, 2012, the bill was referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.

House Bill 5033 (HB 5033)– This bill was introduced on October 4, 2011 by Rep. Dave Agema (R-Grandville) and would amend The Social Welfare Act to require the inclusion of lottery or other gaming winnings in the calculation as to whether an individual is eligible to receive food assistance.  On February 21, 2012, the bill passed a House vote 67-39 and, on March 29, 2012, Senate Substitute 5033 was passed in the Senate 26-12, which was subsequently passed in the House 71-39.  The bill now goes before Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for approval.

Senate Bill 5009 (SB 5009)- Introduced on September 27, 2011, by Rep. Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.), this bill would amend the state penal code to allow senior citizen centers to conduct card games with limited betting.  On March 28, 2012, the House passed  Substitute House Bill 5009 voting in favor 106-4.  The bill would allow groups of seniors living at senior citizen centers or senior citizen housing facilities, which are not licensed by the Liquor Control Commission and whose group is comprised of individuals who are 60 years of age or older, to conduct and participate in card games.  Players would be limited to paying a maximum of $5 to enter the game, would not be allowed to bet more than 25¢ per bet, and the maximum win from any single hand could be $5.  The substitute bill  was referred back to the Senate for a second reading.


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