HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 25Issue 35GOVERNOR WHITMER SIGNS BILLS LEGALIZING SPORTS BETTING AND INTERNET GAMING IN MICHIGAN

Today Governor Whitmer signed bipartisan House Bills 4311-12, 4916-18, 4307, and 4308 into law, legalizing sports betting and internet gaming at Michigan’s commercial and tribal casinos. Revenue from the new forms of gaming will support the School Aid Fund and the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund (FRPCF).

Whitmer said, “My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our students deserve leaders who put their education first. Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase funding for firefighters battling cancer.”

It is estimated that the new legislation will bring in $19 million in revenue to the State, with $4.8 million going to the School Aid Fund and $4 million to the FRPCF. The FRPCF provides workers’ compensation wage loss and medical benefits to first responders that have developed certain cancers. These contributions will provide the FRPCF with its first dedicated funding stream to treat illnesses that firefighters battle due to smoke inhalation and exposure to chemicals.

Michigan’s tribal casinos are able to participate in online gaming and sports betting at equal levels to the Detroit casinos, helping to fund tribal community activities.

HB 4311 creates the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, which allows the MGCB to issue license for online and mobile casino games to commercial and tribal casinos.

HB 4916 creates the Lawful Sports Betting Act, which legalizes sports betting in casinos, online, and on mobile devices.

HB 4308 creates the Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act, which establishes the legal framework to regulate fantasy sports contests within the state. It allows for paid, commercial contests, as well as private contests.

Governor Whitmer also signed HB 4310, HB 4323, and HB 4173, involving pari-mutuel wagering of horse race meetings, excluding lawful internet gaming from the Penal Code, and charitable gaming, respectively.

House Bills 4307 and 4308 were sponsored by Rep. Iden. House Bill 4310 was sponsored by Rep. Vaupel. House Bills 4311, 4312, and 4323 were sponsored by Rep. Iden, Rep. Byrd, and Rep. Garrett. House Bill 4173 was sponsored by Rep. Chirkun. House Bills 4916, 4917, and 4918 were sponsored by Rep. Iden, Rep. Hall, and Rep. Webber.

 

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