HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 23Issue 7Michigan Legislative Update: Sports Betting Bill Introduced in House

On February 21, 2017, Michigan Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) introduced House Bill 4261 (“HB 4261”)and the bill was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.

The language of HB 4261 seeks to amend the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act to allow casino licensees and “sports betting agents” the ability to accept parlay wagers on sporting events. Furthermore, HB 4261 states that the Michigan Gaming Control Board must also provide rules and licensing to allow for the licensing of “sports betting agents” to accept parlay wagers on sporting events throughout the state at retail location. As stated by HB 4261, parlay wagers are single bets of 2 or more wagers in which the winners are determined based upon the outcome of any professional or collegiate sporting event, including racing, held within or without the state of Michigan.

HB 4261 is similar to House Bill 5828 (“HB 5828”), which was introduced by Rep. Kosowski last year but died at the end of the 2015-2016 legislative session. Notably, there are significant federal law hurdles to these bills under the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. That act, however, is being challenged by the state of New Jersey in federal court and a pending appeal could potentially be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court. For a more detailed history of the New Jersey litigation, please see Volume 22, Issue 25 of the Michigan Gaming Newsletter, click here.

 

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