HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 11INTERNET GAMING BILL INTRODUCED IN MICHIGAN SENATE

On April 14, 2016, Senator Michael Kowall (R-White Lake) introduced Senate Bill 889, a bill seeking to legalize, regulate and tax Internet gaming within Michigan.  The “Lawful Internet Gaming Act,” seeks to legalize Internet gaming while specifically prohibiting wagering on any professional or amateur sporting event unless otherwise legal pursuant to state and federal law. 

Under the bill, an Internet “casino” would be required to apply for licensure to a proposed division of Internet gaming within the Michigan Gaming Control Board. If granted, a license would be granted for a period of five (5) years. Eligible licensees include existing Michigan casino licensees and federally recognized Michigan Indian Tribes.  The bill proposes a maximum of eight (8) licenses, each required to pay a $5,000,000 license fee with a 10% tax on gross gaming revenues.

In addition, the bill includes age verification restricted to 21 years of age and older.  The bill has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.  

 

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