Two gaming-related bills were passed by the Michigan Senate this week, including HB 4686, which will modify the disassociated persons list, and SB 991 to allow for multijurisdictional poker.

As previously reported in Volume 26, Issue 34 of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter, HB 4686 was introduced by Representative Ryan Berman in May 2019 to reform the disassociated persons list by modifying the current lifetime ban. As passed by both the House and Senate, HB 4686 allows an individual on the list to remove his name from the disassociated persons list after five years by submitting a form to the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). After receiving the form, the MGCB will remove the person’s name from the list and notify each casino, the Department of Attorney General, and the State Police of the change. The bill passed the House in March with a vote of 91 yeas and 1 nay, and passed the Senate on Wednesday, September 30, with a vote of 38 yeas and 0 nays with a 3/4 vote. HB 4686 saw strong support from both sides of the aisle. The bill was ordered that it be given immediate effect and was referred to the Clerk for enrollment printing and presentation to Governor Whitmer.

Upon receipt of an enrolled bill, the Governor has fourteen days to consider the bill. The Governor may sign bill, veto the bill, or not act on the bill and it becomes law fourteen days after the bill is presented to the Governor.

Assuming the bill becomes law, then the MGCB will be charged with developing a form for persons to petition to be removed from the life time bar from visiting a Detroit casino. The Michigan Gaming Newsletter will monitor this process and provide an update in a future issue providing information as to the process. Interested persons can monitor the MGCB’s website.

In addition, SB 991 with S-1 substitute was also passed by the Senate on Thursday, October 1, with a vote of 36 yeas and 1 nay. SB 991 was introduced by Senator Curtis Hertel to amend the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, as to permit multijurisdictional poker in the State of Michigan. The bill with would authorize the MGCB to enter into agreements with other jurisdictions, including Indian tribes, to facilitate and regulate multijurisdictional iGaming for poker. Under current law, Michigan residents are limited to playing exclusively with other Michigan residents in poker tournaments. The bill with the S-1 was transferred to the House where it was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.


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