Michigan Online Gambling Bill to Pass Before Summer

Michigan Online Gambling Bill to Pass Before Summer

The state of Michigan representative, Brandt Iden’s, proposed online gambling and betting bill HB4926 did not meet the approval of the state’s House of Representatives in the timeframe Iden was anticipating. However, all is far from lost: he says that he hopes to have the gambling legislature passed and approved by June 21st when the House closes for summer vacation.

Iden says: “I got it on the agenda and got the opportunity to bring it up to colleagues, and a lot of questions came out of it. If they didn’t sit through the committee process and haven’t dealt with this issue, it can be complicated. So I’m working through the members’ questions. One of the things I’m trying to address is that the legislation is constitutional, that it merely regulates what is going on in the black market currently. Once I get them comfortable with that, the Speaker included, I think things will certainly be easier.”

The main issues the House of Representatives pointed out were the tribal support of the bill (which will exist only with the approval of their key constituent) and a possible constitutional amendment if the bill turns out to be an expansion of gambling. Iden is working on addressing those issues in order to have the bill approved by summer.

Michigan tribes fear of their exclusion from the online betting but a solution is proposed that would have the tribe interested in it send a letter to the Governor which would request the renegotiation of their gambling compact to include online betting.

Also, Iden’s latest bill draft would lower the operators’ tax rate from 15% to just 8%, in order to stimulate potential investors. Once it meets the House’s approval, the bill will be in the hands of Senate which will vote on it by the end of the year.

Source:

“Michigan Hopes to Pass Online Betting Bill by Summer”, Jermalowicz Dustin, casinolistings.com, May 8, 2018.

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