HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 37MGCB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON ONLINE GAMING AND SPORTS BETTING RULES PROGRESS

The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) held a public hearing on Wednesday on the proposed rules for internet gaming and internet sports betting. Both sets of draft rules were published in late July using other states’ rules as a model for Michigan’s approach. This week’s hearing gave the public an opportunity to comment and give feedback on the rules as currently drafted. The MGCB will review the comments that were received and will assess some of the proposed changes.

Once the MGCB completes a final draft of the rules in the next several days, the MGCB will submit them to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules (MOAHR) and Legislative Service Bureau for final review and certification. It is expected that MOAHR will submit the rules to the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) in October. The rules must be before JCAR for 15 session days unless the requirement is waived. JCAR must either approve the rules or object to them during this time. If JCAR objects to the rules then it must introduce legislation within another 15 session days to stop or delay the rules. Once the rules are approved by JCAR, the MGCB will submit a Certificate of Adoption to MOAHR confirming its intent to adopt the rules. The rules will be finalized and become effective on the date specified in the rules (at this point, 7 days after filing the final rules).

“Before online gaming can start, the agency must license applicants,” said MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm in a statement issued after the public hearing on Wednesday. “The MGCB has limited ability to license before the rules go into effect. The licensing timetable also depends on the applicants and their diversity of complete and timely applications to us. Michigan must have at least one tribal and one commercial license approved before launch, which I hope can happen by late fall.”

 

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