The Michigan Legislature passed HB 4686, codified as Public Act 225 of 2020, in September, modifying the existing law to allow disassociated persons to remove themselves from the Disassociated Persons List. Disassociated persons are those who have voluntarily placed their name on the Disassociated Persons list.  Prior to the passage of Public Act 225, doing so banned them for life from entering the property of any of the Detroit casinos. Public Act 225 now gives those persons the opportunity to apply for removal after being on the list for five years.

“Previously, the state used criminal law to combat a gambling problem for a lifetime, which is an expensive, harsh way to deal with an addiction,” said Rick Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB). “A lifetime ban actually may deter some people from signing up. For others, their life circumstances may have changed. Of course, people with gambling problems may request removal and resume behaviors they sought to prevent by going on the list. I’ve received many requests over the years from people on the Disassociated Persons List who wanted to remove their names, but state law did not offer that option until the new act was signed Oct. 16.” 

The Michigan Association on Problem Gambling has maintained a neutral stance on gambling activities, but the Association’s President, Michael Burke, agrees that the new law may help people seek self-exclusion to address a gambling addiction.

“The majority of our board felt the Disassociated Persons List lifetime ban in Michigan may have acted as a deterrent to gamblers who may be more likely to sign up if they have other self-exclusion options such as a two- or five- year ban available, said Mr. Burke. 

After a period of five years passes from placement on the list, a disassociated person may apply to remove themselves using a form on the MGCB website. The removal request form incudes instructions for completion and submission. The MGCB has 30 days to process the request after receiving the fully completed form. Applicants will receive notification of whether their request was approved or denied via email or mail.


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