A committee hearing in Michigan to consider online gambling regulation has lawmakers and onlookers flush with positivity on the prospects of approval.
The identical bills to regulate and tax online gambling in Michigan address the issues responsible for last year´s efforts being vetoed at the eleventh hour.
Outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed the recently-passed Lawful Internet Gaming Act citing concerns about cannibalization and problem gambling.
If Governor Rick Snyder fails to sign the recently-passed Michigan gambling legislation into law by next week, the whole process will have to start again.
The legislation to regulate online gambling in Michigan still requires the Governor´s signature and could face a legal challenge before it takes effect.
While Michigan has been making progress toward online poker legalization, the state’s capital city of Lansing aims to penalize illegal gambling locally.
Late last night, Michigan´s House of Representatives approved Brandt Iden´s Lawful Internet Gaming Act by a margin of 68 to 40. Due to the summer recess, the Bill will not be debated by the Senate until September – giving supporters of the Bill time to overcome tribal, legal and financial concerns.
Representative Brandt Iden – Chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee – has published new draft proposals to regulate online gambling in Michigan, but realistically only has six weeks to convince the state´s legislature they are not an expansion of gambling before the House breaks for its summer recess.
Efforts to regulate online gambling in Michigan happen in little flurries of activity and then we hear nothing for months. Around each flurry of activity, proponents and opponents of online gambling get their propaganda machines into full gear, and it looks as if they are revving their engines to do it again.
The first three months of 2018 have thrown up few surprises with regard to online poker regulation in the US. However, looking forward, there could be some significant changes on the landscape – particularly if the Supreme Court makes a positive ruling in the PASPA sports betting case.