HomePublicationsCurrent NewsletterVolume 27Issue 15New Legislation Seeks Historic Racing and Video Slots at Tracks in Michigan

Bills were introduced in the Michigan Senate on Wednesday of this week seeking to allow video gaming experiences at Michigan racetracks.  SB 396 was introduced by Senator Dan Lauwers (R-25th District) as the lead sponsor, and seeks to amend the law to permit historic race wagering.  Additionally, SB 397 was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (R-27th District) seeking to permit video lottery terminals at horse tracks.   Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-23rd District), who is listed as a co-sponsor of both bills, also introduced SB 398 to allow casinos to act as third party facilitators with respect to horse racing wagers. 

All of these bills were immediately referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee which held a first hearing on the bills on Thursday of this week.  No vote was taken on the bills, only testimony from the sponsors of the bills, supporters, and cards expressing both support and opposition to the bills was given.   The bills are expected to be taken up again by the Committee in mid-May.


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