Since the 2013-2014 legislative session began in January, 2013, legislative proposals introduced related to changes in the Michigan gaming landscape and regulatory environment surrounding the casino gaming industry have been very limited. Several pieces of legislation have been introduced that would affect the state lottery, as well as ATM transactions at certain gaming facilities, which are outlined below.

SB 0534 - Senate Bill 0534 was introduced on September 24, 2013 by Senator John Proos (R – Berrien County) and, if passed, would amend the McCauley-Traxler-Law-Bowman-McNeely Lottery Act regarding how the state lottery distributes prizes. The bill would require the Bureau of State Lottery to determine if a winner of a prize of $1,000 or more has any outstanding court fees, fines, or assessments. If a winner has outstanding items, then the Bureau would apply the winnings to the outstanding court costs, along with outstanding taxes and other existing statutory considerations, before making any prize payments to the winner. Any remaining prize balance after such costs have been accounted for would be distributed to the lottery winner.

On October 8, 2013, Senate Bill 0534 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SB 0554/HB 5015– Senate Bill 0554 was introduced on September 26, 2013 by Senator Rick Jones (R – Allegan County) and would add a new provision to the Horse Racing Law of 1995. If passed, the bill would require horse track operators to work with the state’s Department of Human Services and with ATM providers to develop a program to prevent state assistance payments from being withdrawn from ATM machines at the track.

The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions on September 26, 2013. On October 17, 2013, a substitute version of the bill was voted out of committee and placed on the order of third reading of bills in the Committee of the Whole.

House Bill 5015 was introduced on September 26, 2013 by Representative Dale Zorn (R - Monroe County) and contains the same language as Senate Bill 0554. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Families Children, and Seniors on September 26, 2013.

 

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