The Michigan Department of Treasury issued Notices of Public Hearing to receive public comments on the administrative rules for internet sports betting and internet gaming. The hearing will be held Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. and can be accessed via Microsoft Teams or telephone.

The proposed rules “establish a framework for secure, responsible, fair, and legal system of internet gaming and internet sports betting” and are designed to protect players and raise tax revenue for the State.

“The Michigan Gaming Control Board appreciates the input on the rules provided by the commercial casinos and federally recognized tribes in Michigan and the firms that will support their internet offerings,” said Richard Kalm, MGCB Executive Director. “Agency staff worked very hard since early February to develop the two rule sets, and we look forward to hearing from the public on September 23.”

Some of the protections provided to the public in the proposed rules include:

  • Setting forth responsible gaming measures;
  • Providing for integrity monitoring;
  • Providing the Michigan Gaming Control Board with oversight capabilities;
  • Providing protections for authorized participants when setting up an account or placing an internet wager;
  • Setting qualifications, standards, and procedures for approval and licensure of operators, suppliers, and occupational licensees;
  • Setting technical and security standards; and
  • Setting internal control standards for operators and platform providers.

Draft rules will be published in the Michigan Register on September 15. Comments may be made at the hearing, by mail, or by email until 5:00 p.m. on September 23.

After the public hearing, the agency must resubmit the rules as they read now or with any changes to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules and the Legislative Service Bureau for certification. Once certified, the MGCB expects to submit the rules to the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) in October. The rules must be in committee for 15 session days, although JCAR can choose to hold a hearing on the rules or waive review. After the rules pass through JCAR, they become effective upon filing with the Office of the Great Seal.

The Notice of Public Hearing for internet sports betting may be found here and the Notice for internet gaming may be found here.


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