The online gambling legislation — SB 889 — was considered by the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee during a hearing.
According to the Poker Players Alliance, that committee approved the bill 8-1. That result was not shocking, as a number of co-sponsors of the bill sit on that committee.
The bill was reportedly changed, per GamblingCompliance:
A substitute version of #MI SB 889 will be considered today, per bill sponsor's office. Bill, if passed, would go to Senate floor. More TK.
— Chris Krafcik (@CKrafcik) June 8, 2016
The new language does not yet appear on tracking for the bill online.
The legislation now heads to the Senate floor, again per GamblingCompliance.
Michigan’s legislature is scheduled to adjourn later this month; the statehouse is still working on a final version of the state budget.
With short time left, it’s difficult to handicap if the bill can get to the finish line, especially given the fact that there has been no real chatter regarding online gambling in the House of Representatives.
One very interested party — MGM Resorts — has a casino in the state: MGM Grand Detroit. MGM has emerged as a vocal lobbyist and cheerleader for online gambling.
Momentum ramped up quickly this spring for iPoker legislation:
The state already has legal online lottery games.
Is progress for online gambling legalization potentially reaching critical mass, to the point that at least one of these states will pass a law this year?
Given the momentum in Michigan and elsewhere, it’s starting to seem like it would be a disappointment if none of these states flip the switch on iGaming.