HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 7Michigan Legislative Update - Lottery License Legislation Introduced

On March 5, 2013, State Representative Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville) introduced legislation that, if passed, would provide penalties for Michigan lottery sales licensees that exchange lottery tickets for food assistance program benefits. The legislation, House Bill 4361 (“HB 4361”) provides that those holding a lottery license that participate in such conduct would be subject to a suspension or revocation of their lottery license.

The bill would provide for licensing actions for lottery licensees that are convicted of or administratively disqualified from acting as a merchant under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 because of certain transactions. These transactions include those that involve allowing food assistance program benefits to be used for items other than eligible foods and that are “related to the sale of a lottery ticket under the lottery sales license.” First time violators would be subject to a 60-day license suspension and multiple infractions would result in a license revocation.

The language of the bill, along with other procedural information, can be found at the Michigan legislature’s website by clicking here.

 

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