For online gaming in Michigan, it’s a matter of how and when

For online gaming in Michigan, it’s a matter of how and when

January 02, 2018 10:38 AM
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For online gaming in Michigan, it’s just a matter of how and when.

That’s the message from Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee and representative for Michigan’s 61st District, in a recent opinion piece in the Detroit News, in which he calls for the legalization of online wagering in the state.

Iden writes, “people across Michigan already are playing poker, blackjack and other casino-style games online. When they play for money, they are doing so illegally under current state law. They also risk identity theft, problems accessing their money and other dangers playing on unsafe, unregulated sites.”

Iden is the sponsor of legislation in the Michigan House to legalize Internet gaming. The House Regulatory Reform Committee, with strong bipartisan support, approved the proposed legislation in mid-December. Iden has pledged to continue to work with legislative colleagues to pass an Internet gaming law in 2018.

He concludes in his Detroit News opinion column, “As market forces and technology evolve, legalization is inevitable.”