On January 21, 2020, Rep. Brandt Iden’s efforts to protect Michigan’s consumers and introduce sports wagering and iGaming were formally recognized at a ceremonial signing by Governor Whitmer.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to bring everyone together today and celebrate a great day for the state of Michigan,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township in Kalamazoo County.

Iden is the lead sponsor of the bipartisan gaming package, including laws dealing with fantasy sports, charitable gaming, horse racing, sports wagering, and casino gaming. The bills were signed into law on December 20, 2019, by Governor Whitmer, and provide for a competitive tax rate and regulatory framework for sports wagering, in addition to online casino-style gaming for those 21 and older.

“Consumers will have safe, regulated online sites and will no longer have to settle for traveling to other states or playing through risky, offshore operators,” said Iden, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Our students and schools will have more revenue because of these reforms – without raising general taxes. These reforms have been more than three years in the making, and I know they will benefit our state for years to come.”

Under the new laws, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) will regulate online gaming with safety features and strict oversight, including age verification and protections against fraud. A portion of the gross revenue from iGaming and sports wagering will improve public services. A majority of the revenue will go to Michigan’s public schools, while another portion will go to Michigan’s Compulsive Gambling Prevention Fund to aid those in need of treatment and prevention programs.

“I want to thank the countless number of people who worked a countless number of hours making these reforms a reality,” Iden said. “Michigan is better off because of this work.”


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