HomePublicationsCurrent NewsletterVolume 26Issue 9HOUSE REGULATORY REFORM COMMITTEE REFERS HHR AND DISASSOCIATED PERSONS BILLS TO HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

On February 25, the House Regulatory Reform Committee referred two gaming bills to the House Ways and Means Committee – HB 4686 relating to the disassociated persons list and SB 661 relating to historic horse racing (HHR) machines.

As previously reported in Volume 26, Issue 8 of the Michigan Gaming Newsletter, the House Regulatory Reform Committee met to discuss HB 4686 last week, but did not vote on it at that meeting. HB 4686 would modify the disassociated persons list for problem gamblers in Michigan, allowing a person with a lifetime ban to petition for removal after five years. This week, the House Regulatory Reform Committee referred the bill with H-2 Substitute to the House Ways and Means Committee with a vote of 14-0. There was no further discussion on the bill.

The House Regulatory Reform Committee also took up SB 661, relating to HHR machines. SB 661 would amend the Horse Racing Law of 1995 to allow wagers on horse races that occurred in the past, among other changes. Several amendments were offered and adopted to the bill at the meeting, including:

  1. H-2 Substitute for SB 661, which passed favorably and was adopted.
  2. A clarification that live horse racing has to be occurring at any location offering HHR machines. This amendment passed 13-0 with one pass, and was adopted.
  3. A requirement that a local ordinance must approve the offering of HHR machines, offered by Rep. Alex Garza. This amendment passed 13-0 with one pass, and was adopted.

In addition, there were three amendments offered by Rep. Matt Hall that were not adopted, including:

  1. A clarification to note that Internet gaming would not be allowed on HHR machines. This amendment was not adopted, with a vote of 7-4 with three passes.
  2. An assurance that the introduction of HHR machines would not affect the School Aid Fund. There was discussion on the amendment, and it was noted that there would be future opportunities to consider the impact on the School Aid Fund and Detroit finances. This amendment was not adopted, with a vote of 6-7 with one pass.
  3. A clarification that both a state and local referendum would be required – as provided by the Michigan Constitution – before the bill could take effect. This amendment was not adopted, with a vote of 4-7 with three passes.

A vote was taken to send SB 661, as amended, to the House Ways and Means Committee with a recommendation for passage. The bill was favorably reported by a vote of 8-6.

 

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