HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 8Charity Gaming Legislation Introduced, Millionaire Party Regulations Lawsuit Update

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, legislation was introduced in both the Michigan House and Senate that would amend the Traxler-McCauley-Law-Bowman Bingo Act (“Bingo Act”), which governs charity gaming activity in the state.

House Bill 4293 (“HB 4293”), introduced by Rep. Tom Barrett (R-Eaton County), and Senate Bill 0187 (“SB 0187”), introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), are companion bills that would amend the Bingo Act.   The Bingo Act was enacted in 1972 and authorizes bingo, charity game tickets, numeral games, raffles, and millionaire party operations for qualified charitable organizations under the supervision of the Michigan Lottery.

In addition to the new legislation, The Detroit Newsannounced that the Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week regarding an expedited appeal of a Court of Claims ruling that enjoined the enforcement of new millionaire party rules enacted in May 2014. The May 2014 rules have been challenged on procedural grounds by a group of charitable organizations. The MGCB’s website notes that the agency will continue to accept millionaire party applications from qualified organizations during the appeal.

For more information on HB 4293 and SB 0187, please visit the Michigan Legislature’s website here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/. More information on millionaire party regulations and related legal challenges is available on the MGCB’s website, here: http://www.michigan.gov/mgcb/.


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