HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 33Regulatory Reform Committee Hearing on Horse Racing, Sports Wagering

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, the Michigan House Committee on Regulatory Reform will hold a public hearing to hear testimony related to legislation regarding sports wagering and horse racing. The legislation, House Bills 4669 and 4670, seek to authorize the Detroit casinos  to offer sports gambling and horse race wagering, respectively.

House Bill 4669 would amend the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act (“Gaming Act”) to authorize commercial casinos to accept wagers on sporting events, as well as direct the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) to promulgate rules governing the activity. Notably, the bill indicates that, if passed, the legislation would be subject to both a statewide and local vote requirement before becoming effective.

House Bill 4670 also seeks to amend the Gaming Act to allow the Detroit casinos to offer simulcast wagering on horse races. The MGCB would also be directed to promulgate rules for such wagering activity. As with HB 4669, this legislation also indicates that both a statewide and local vote would need to grant approval before the legislation is effective.

Both bills were introduced by Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) on June 2, 2015 and have been with the Committee on Regulatory Reform since their introduction.

The hearing will be held in Room 519 of the House Office Building in Lansing at 12:00pm. For more information and the full hearing schedule, please visit the Michigan Legislature’s website, here: Michigan Legislature.

 

 

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