HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 5Michigan Legislative Update: Charitable Gaming Bill Passes Senate

On February 9, 2017, Senate Bill No. 0035(SB 0035) passed the Michigan Senate. The legislation seeks to amend the “Traxler-McCauley-Law-Bowman Bingo Act” and to overhaul the Bingo Act’s provisions regulating charitable millionaire parties held within the state. Notably, a similar bill previously passed the Senate on December 9, 2015 but expired at the end of the legislative session.

After being favorably reported out of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee,  SB 0035 with Substitute 1 passed the Senate with 34 yeas and 3 nays. Substitute 1, among other minor changes, inserts a provision saying that a millionaire party licensee may include charity games or numeral games, but that those games will remain supervised by the Michigan Lottery. Millionaire party licenses are granted by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

SB 0035, introduced by Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), has been referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform. Similar to SB 0035, House Bill No. 4081(HB 4081), sponsored by Representative Tom Barrett (R-Potterville), was introduced on January 24, 2017, and has also been referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.

“We need to put people over profits. This is about helping local charities raise the necessary funds to do tremendous good work in our communities – not protecting huge profits for casinos,” said Senator Jones. “Senate passage of this measure is the first step to finally standing up for our charitable organizations and community groups such as area schools; police, firefighters and veterans groups; and Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions clubs.”

 

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