Online gambling legislation is reportedly back on the table in Michigan.
Online gambling is a hot topic of debate in several states within the US as of late. With Pennsylvania passing legislation into law last year, lawmakers in other states seem to be more open to considering the industry. Just this week, it seems that one state is set to consider online casino and poker gaming once again. Michigan Representative Brandt Iden is reportedly ready to push forward a revised version of his online gambling bill.
Michigan iGaming Efforts
Representative Iden created an online gambling bill last year, that has remained on the House Floor for months. It appears the Iden has now created a new draft that will see the bill amended before it is up for a vote. H 4926 has yet to be amended online, according to Online Poker Report, but on May 3rd, Chris Kracik of Gambling Compliance reported on Twitter that he spoke with Iden and that he had a revised draft of his gambling legislation.
According to Krafcik, the bill would have an 8% gross gaming revenue tax plus includes a sports betting option. The casinos in Detroit would be able to offer sports betting plus tribes offering gaming services in the state would also have the ability to offer sports wagering.
A Little Backstory
Back in September, Iden had introduced the online gaming bill and an amended version was able to pass out of committee towards the end of last year. There are three commercial casinos operating in the state, all in Detroit. The Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and the MotorCity Casino, all gave their support for Iden’s measure.
The Native American tribes operating gaming venues in the state were either neutral to the idea, opposed or undecided. With the amended version, it would seem that Iden is making changes in the hopes of appeasing everyone. If all shareholders are on board, lawmakers might be more open to pushing the legislation forward.
Sports Betting Now Included
With the amended changes, online gaming is not the only option being considered. Like so many other states, sports betting is now on the table with this legislation and would set Michigan up to be able to provide sports betting options if the United States Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey in their sports betting case. A ruling may come this month, and if the court sides with NJ, then any state with legislation in place for sports betting would be able to move forward.
Iden may be looking at the online gambling legislation as a way to take care of several gambling expansions all at once. Right now, it is unclear as to if online gambling and sports betting would be dealt with in the same manner or if there will be varying differences, such as with taxing and fees as well as how the industries will operate.
For now, only time will tell what the amended changes to the measure will entail and if lawmakers will show their support. It should be expected that more information on the topic will be revealed possibly next week as Iden officially produces his amended version of the online gambling bill.
It will be interesting to see the changes made and if lawmakers will be on board and pass the bill within the House, where it now sits.