HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 29Michigan Senate Passes ATM Legislation for Horse Tracks

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 0554, legislation that would require horse race tracks to work with ATM providers to prevent bridge card cash withdrawals onsite. The bill, introduced on September 26, 2013 by Senator Rick Jones (R-Allegan County), passed with a 38-0 unanimous vote and has been referred to the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors.

If passed into law, the bill would require horse track licensees to work with the state Department of Human Services and ATM providers to develop a method for preventing cash withdrawals from state assistance payments at race tracks. Notably, the bill contains the same original content as a companion bill in the house, House Bill 5015, which the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors will now reconcile with the adopted language of Senate Bill 0554.

The legislation is part of a trio of bills that seek to address ATM withdrawals from state assistance programs at horse tracks, liquor stores, and adult entertainment establishments. Notably, similar legislation was enacted into law during the last legislative session on July 18, 2012 that applies the same standards to commercial casino licensees in the state.

 

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