Over the past month, all eyes have been on sports betting legislation as the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey in their case involving the activity, which has led to several states proposing legislation to begin in the industry. After states like New York and New Jersey have created sports betting legislation and passed bills into law, it was surprising to find Michigan is now in the mix, not only working on sports betting but also online casino and poker gaming.
This week, the Michigan House passed H 4926, a bill that would see online casino games and sports betting regulated in the state. The bill was approved with a vote of 68 to 40 and now moves on to the Senate for consideration. Based on the language of the bill, the commercial and tribal casinos of Michigan will be able to take their gaming options online, with sports betting and casino options.
While the bill has moved forward, it will probably be in the fall before the Senate will give it consideration. Efforts have been led by State Representative Brandt Iden, a lawmaker who has tried several times to see online gaming legislation pass to no avail. Iden has pushed for support over the past few months and it seems his efforts have been fruitful as the bill has at least moved through the House.
Michigan, like so many other states, have decided to move forward with sports betting legislation after SCOTUS ruled against the PASPA federal ban. Now that online gambling legislation has been coupled with sports betting, we should see the state eventually pass a bill, allowing both options to be legalized within their borders.
Support by gaming operators has been seen for the legislation, including the parent company of PokerStars and the MGM Grand Detroit.