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That’s welcome news in a state where legislation hasn’t moved since the spring.
So far, details are sparse. According to the Poker Players’ Alliance:
HEARING: PPA will testify at a House hearing on new #iGaming bill in Michigan this Wednesday. Stay tuned for more information.
— Poker Alliance (@ppapoker) September 11, 2017
Beyond that, we don’t know much. It appears likely the bill will emanate from the House Regulatory Reform Committee.
The Reg Reform committee is one of several committees in the House that will meet on Wednesday morning
There has been chatter that a new version of the Senate bill would surface at some point. Whether the incoming House bill will represent an unveiling of a draft being worked on behind the scenes is unclear.
But the draft had apparently aimed at appeasing tribes on the iGaming issue. From OPR’s Dave Palermo in July:
Senate Bill 203, authored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Kowall, is being tweaked to specify that tribes can only operate online gambling by amending tribal-state casino agreements, or compacts, required under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
Despite that effort, getting everyone on board — tribes, commercial casinos, online operators, etc. — with a bill might still be extremely difficult.
We’ll wait to see what’s in the bill, when it’s released, and what happens at the hearing. Tribes and casinos have ranged from neutral to against bills previously.
If the bill comes from Brandt Iden, chairman of the Reg Reform committee, that will be a good sign for the bill’s likely progress.
Beyond that, the legislature is in session through the end of the year, so there is plenty of time for legislation to advance.