HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 15House Regulatory Reform Committee to Hold Hearing on Charitable Gaming Bill

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Michigan House of Representatives Regulatory Reform Standing Committee will conduct a hearing on Senate Bill 878 (“SB 878”) at 8:30am in Room 521 of the House Office Building in Lansing. SB 878 is one of ten bills that is on the agenda to be discussed during the meeting.

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, the Michigan Senate voted 37-0 to approve SB 878 that, if passed into law, would amend the Traxler-McCauley-Law-Bowman Bingo Act (“Bingo Act”) to codify changes to the regulatory structure governing charitable Millionaire Party events.

SB 878 was introduced on March 18, 2014 by Senator Rick Jones ( R-Allegan County) amidst proposed changes by the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, who oversees Millionaire Party activities. The bill, if passed, would rescind any regulations passed since June 11, 2012 and require the Executive Director to issue new regulations in accordance with the legislation within one year of the bill’s effective date.

The legislation would include provisions related to

· The annual licensing of “charitable gaming service providers”

· Event advertising restrictions

· Requirements for locations hosting Millionaire Parties

· Operational requirements

· Compensation of event workers

In addition, the current $15,000 per event limit on the amount of money handled would be increased to $20,000 for charities that use a gaming service provider to assist with the event. If the charity operates the event independently, then it may handle up to $50,000 in funds for each event.

For more information on SB 878, including the text and bill analysis, please visit the Michigan Legislature’s website, here.

Separately, the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”), which is delegated the authority to oversee Millionaire Party events, submitted amended Administrative Rules to the state in February. The Rules are set to take effect later this month. Persons interested in reviewing the rules can obtain a copy from the MGCB website by clicking here.

For a more detailed history of the legislation, please see Volume 20, Issue 9 of The Michigan Gaming Newsletter, here.


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