Tribal concerns reportedly slowing Michigan on sports betting legislation

Tribal concerns reportedly slowing Michigan on sports betting legislation

May 09, 2018 10:20 AM


As the state of Michigan nears an extended break in its current legislative session, the issue of Michigan sports betting is getting jostled around within a broader bill that would create the Lawful Internet Gaming Act. There are at least four bills addressing sports wagering in Michigan in some way – three from Representative Robert Kosowski (D-District 16) and one sponsored by Representative Brandt Iden (R-District 61). Iden thought his bill, HB 4926, would get to a vote this week.

But despite a fair amount of discussion – both in the House and in the media – Iden’s bill, which would create and empower a Division of Internet Gaming to establish regulations, didn’t get to a vote. The holdup has been with the state’s Native American tribes, who have a compact with the state that does not currently include online gambling.

Iden’s bill, which was introduced in 2017, has since been amended and outlines a way for the tribes to request a renegotiation of their compact, but giving the tribes direction rather than a clear solution wasn’t enough, according to Online Poker Report. As such, Iden is now hoping to continue the conversation and get the bill passed before the legislature lets out for summer on June 21, returning after Labor Day on September 5.

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