HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 25Michigan Online Gaming Legislative Activity

On June 16, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill designed to allow the launch of iGaming prior to completion of the administrative rule-making process currently being undertaken by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”).  The bill currently only covers iGaming and does not authorize internet sports wagering.  Republican Senators Wayne Schmidt and Tom Barrett joined Democratic Senators Adam Hollier, Marshall Bullock, Paul Wojno, Dayna Polehanki, Curtis Hertel, Erika Geiss and Stephanie Chang in introducing SB 969. 

The bill states that any commercial casino license holder and any Indian Tribe who conducts Class III gaming at a casino in the state of Michigan be considered to hold an internet gaming license until either the chief medical officer of the State of Michigan or the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declares that social distancing related to the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer necessary in Michigan or the MGCB issues an internet gaming operator license to the person or Indian tribe, whichever is earliest.  The bill also provides that any supplier who has submitted an application for a provisional internet gaming supplier license is deemed to hold a provisional internet gaming supplier license, again until the earlier of the lifting of social distancing requirements or the granting of a license by the MGCB.

The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform.

In addition, on June 17, 2020, a pair of House Republicans, Eric Leutheuser (Dist. 58) and Tristan Cole (Dist. 105), introduced a bill that would permit charitable organizations to conduct small and large raffles over the internet.  HB 5862 would permit any charitable organization that held a license to conduct a raffle anytime in 2018 or 2019 to conduct either a small or large raffle over the internet.  The bill has a sunset of June 30, 2023.  HB 5862 was referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.



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