At Tuesday’s meeting of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Executive Director Rick Kalm and Board Chair Robert Anthony both noted that the potential passage of several gaming related bills would have a significant impact on the regulatory responsibilities of the MGCB.

Mr. Kalm stated if the package is ultimately enacted, it would lead toincreased activity by the five-member Board.   He said that the Board would have to license entities to operate under both the sports betting act and the Internet betting act, and would also have to license the suppliers and third party vendors who operate Internet wagering. He further mentioned additional occupational licensing would be required. He said that they would anticipate a busier schedule for the five-person Board, noting that they had gone to a bi-monthly schedule, but suggesting the Board may need to meet more often, perhaps monthly.  He observed that the pressure is always to get licenses issued as quickly as possible.

He further discussed the horse racing Advanced Deposit Wagering bill, suggesting that it would have a modest impact on the work the MGCB staff needs to do (with no impact on the Board itself given that the full Board does not get involved in horse racing matters). He suggested that the MGCB still hopes to have input before finalization of the Charitable Gaming bill.

Mr. Kalm stated that the Fantasy Sports bill does require regulation by the MGCB and the use of personnel by the MGCB, and they “are not certain where that funding will come from” as the current version is silent on the funding.

Chairman Robert Anthony said he thinks that there is a “substantial increase in the regulatory environment” that needs to be paid for. He said this should come out of “new monies”, not out of current funding from the casinos.  He said these added responsibilities will have an impact on the ability to attract board members to an unpaid board if the amount of work is substantially leveraged up.  He said that he would not mind going to a schedule of nine or ten meetings per year, as the Board used to do.  But he said he also suspects that there will be a dramatically increased workload on the board members, with more licensing, rulemaking, and increased oversight responsibilities.  He said that he believes that in order to attract quality people, some modest amount of compensation needs to be looked at to make it a “fair proposition” to the board members.


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