HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 25Issue 16MICHIGAN GAMING-RELATED LEGISLATION UPDATE

On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing in which it was anticipated to take up the package of Michigan gaming bills regarding the modernization of the Michigan Gaming Control Act, authorization and regulation of fantasy sports and iGaming, and revisions to regulations surrounding charitable gaming offering casino style games as part of millionaire parties and approval of advance deposit wagering at horse tracks.  Additional details regarding the provisions contained in the gaming package may be found in Volume 25, Issue 12 of the Michigan Gaming Newsletter.

At the hearing, Chairman Brandt Iden, R-District 61, surprised the audience by announcing that the committee would not be taking up any of the bills as the Governor’s office had recently released additional requests regarding the structure and taxation provisions contained in the iGaming bill that would require additional discussion among Michigan tribal casinos, the three Detroit casinos and other interested parties.  Michigan’s House of Representatives is  scheduled for 9 additional sessions on June 11-13, June 18-20, and June 25- 27 before breaking for the summer, raising questions of whether the gaming package will be voted out of the House prior to the summer recess.

In addition to the gamin package of bills, Rep. Ryan Berman, R-District 39, introduced HB 4686 on May 28, 2019, seeking to amend the disassociated persons procedures to allow for a person to petition after five years to have his/her name removed from the list.  Currently, Michigan law mandates that people remain on the disassociated list for the remainder of their lives.  HB 4686 was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.


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