HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 29SPORTS WAGERING BILLS INTRODUCED IN MICHIGAN HOUSE

Two gambling-related bills have recently been introduced in the Michigan House related to the introduction of sports wagering activities within the state of Michigan. 

State Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) introduced House Bill No. 5828, which proposes to amend the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act to authorize wagers on sporting events by the state’s casino licensees as well as authorizes the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) to allow ‘sports betting agents to accept wagers on sporting events…’

HB 5828 provides the addition of three sections to the Gaming Act:

1) The holder of a casino license may accept wagers on sporting events.

2) The Board may, in addition to casinos, provide for sports betting agents to accept wagers on sporting events to facilitate sports betting in this state.

3) The Board shall promulgate rules to regulate sports betting agents and the conduct of sports betting under the Act.

Additionally, State Representative Aaron Miller (R - Sherman Township) introduced House Bill No. 5849 that proposes to amend the Penal Code to permit certain fantasy sports contests under certain conditions.

The proposed language of HB 5849, in its entirety, reads as follows:

Sec. 310c. This chapter does not apply to participation in a fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest as described in and that meets all of the conditions of 31 USC 5362(1)(E)(ix) if the prize or purse is $3,000.00 or less.

Both bills have been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform. 

 

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