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As the Michigan Legislature reconvenes after the holiday break, there are numerous gaming-related bills currently pending.  The bills cover a wide range of topics, including regulation of Millionaire Parties, online gaming, advance deposit wagering at horse tracks, fantasy sports and sports wagering. 

HB 4926/4927 governing online gaming received the most recent attention, holding committee hearings and amending the bill before the holiday break.  Currently, the language changes are being evaluated by interested parties and legislators on the Senate side.  Legislative leadership appears to desire to bring to the floor for debate all gaming-related bills in a package, hence the delay on several bills that were passed out of committee in 2017. 

The following is a table of the gaming-related bills currently pending:

Bill #

Date Intro

Bill Sponsor(s)

Summary

Status

SB 35

1/18/17

Sen. Jones (R)

 

Seeks to regulate Millionaire Parties.

Passed Senate; House passed substitute H-1; returned to Senate.  No action since 5/2/17.

SB 203-205

3/1/17

Sen. Kowall (R)

 

Develops regulations and fees relating to online gaming.

Passed out of Senate Reg. Ref. Comm. 3/9/17; no action since then.

SB 382

5/17/17

Sen. Robertson (R)

Allows 3rd party facilitators to offer wagering on live & simulcast horse races online.

Passed out of Ag. Comm. 5/23/17; no action since then.

SB 461

6/14/17

Sen. Schmidt (R)

Seeks to exempt fantasy sports from the criminal definition of illegal gambling; substantially the same as HB 4742.

Referred to Reg. Ref. Comm. 6/14; no action since then.

SB 462

6/14/17

Sen. Hertel (D)

Seeks to establish guidelines and licensing for fantasy sports; substantially same as HB 4743.

Referred to Reg. Ref. Comm. 6/14; no action since then.

HB 4060

1/18/17

Rep. Kosowski (D)

Seeks to allow licensed casinos to accept wagers on sporting events.

Referred to the Comm. on Reg. Ref. Comm. 1/18/17; no action since then.

HB 4081

1/24/17

Rep. Barrett (R)

 

Seeks to regulate Millionaire Parties; tie-barred to SB 35.

Passed House; Senate Reg. Ref. Comm. passed 5/16/17; no action since then.

HB 4261

2/21/17

Rep. Kosowski (D)

Seeks to allow licensed casinos to accept wagers on sporting events.

Referred to the House Comm. on Reg. Ref. Comm. 2/21/17; no action since then.

HB 4338

3/9/17

Rep. Kosowski (D)

Seeks to allow the licensed Detroit casinos to accept wagers on simulcast horse racing.

Referred to the House Comm. on Reg. Ref. Comm. 3/9/17; no action since then.

HB 4529

4/26/17

Rep. Kosowski (D)

Seeks to allow lottery terminals and lottery licensed sales agents to accept wagers on simulcast horse racing.

Referred to the House Comm. on Reg. Ref. Comm. 4/26/17; no action since then.

HB 4611

5/11/17

Rep. Lauwers (R)

Seeks to allow third party facilitators to work with facilities to offer wagering on live and simulcast horse races over the internet.

Passed by the House on 5/23/17; Senate Comm. on Ag. Passed 6/13/17; no action since then.

HB 4742

6/8/17

Rep. Tedder (R)

Seeks to exempt fantasy sports from the criminal definition of illegal gambling (MCL 750.310); substantially the same as SB 461.

Referred to Reg. Ref. Comm. 6/8; no action since then.

HB 4743

6/8/17

Rep. Miller (R)

Seeks to establish guidelines and licensing for fantasy sports; substantially same as SB 462.

Referred to Reg. Ref. Comm. 6/8; no action since then.

HB 4926/

4927

9/12/17

Rep. Iden (R)

 

Develops regulations and fees relating to online gaming.

Referred to Reg. Ref. Comm. 9/12; 12/13 passed out of committee.

 

 

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