New Sports Wagering Related Bill Introduced

On April 26, 2017, Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) introduced House Bill 4529 (“HB 4529”) which seeks to amend the McCauley-Traxler-Law-Bowman-McNeely lottery Act (“Bingo Act”) by allowing sports betting at Michigan Lottery terminals run by lottery sales agents who have a “sports betting agent” distinction and calls for the Lottery and Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) to develop the necessary system for doing so. HB 4529 was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform on the same day it was introduced.

Two Charitable Gaming Bills Pass House Floor

On April 27, 2017, House Bill 4081 (“HB 4081”) and Senate Bill 0035 (“SB 0035”) passed the House, each with 100 yeas and 9 nays, and now both bills will head to the Senate.  HB 4081 and SB 0035 were introduced by Representative Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) and Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), respectively.

The two pieces of legislation also seek to amend the Bingo Act by overhauling the provisions regulating charitable millionaire parties held within the state and seek to reorganize the Act into two Articles wherein Article 1, created by SB 0035, would contain definitions and provisions pertaining to different types of allowable charitable gaming other than millionaire parties. Enforcement and Supervision of the administration of Article 1 would be the responsibility of the Bureau of State Lottery.

Article 2, created by HB 4081, would govern millionaire parties. The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) would bear responsibility for regulating millionaire parties, or those events at which wagers are placed on games of chance through the use of imitation money, similar to that of a casino. Many of the provisions are similar or identical to provisions contained in the emergency rules promulgated by the executive director of the MGCB in 2014. However, HB 4081 would rescind any rules promulgated by the executive director  prior to the bill’s effective date and require the promulgation of new rules to implement Article 2.


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