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Budget battle still looms for Michigan lawmakers as they return from break

The Michigan Legislature is returning from its hunting and Thanksgiving break this week, a session recess that’s been a long-standing tradition over the last several decades. Now, lawmakers returning to Lansing are facing increasing pressure over unfinished budget business.

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12/11/2019

article Legal internet gaming, sports betting nears final OK in Michigan: What will change
(Michigan) -- Internet gaming and sports betting is soon expected to be legal in Michigan as the Legislature was giving final passage Wednesday to a package of bills....
article Michigan Sets The Stage For Legal Sports Betting
(Michigan) -- Michigan is looking to go into 2020 with the prospect of sports betting and online gaming looming large. The Great Lakes State’s legislators reached...
article Senate votes to lift ban on political giving by casino interests
(Michigan) -- Casino owners and their suppliers will again be able to make political donations under a bill that is soon expected to land on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's...

12/10/2019

article Michigan Online Gambling Bill To Pass This Week Under New Agreement
(Michigan) -- Lawmakers in Michigan have reached an agreement with stakeholders to legalize internet gambling, including online poker. According to Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr...
article Michigan poised to legalize online gambling, sports betting
(Michigan) -- Bills legalizing sports betting and online gambling are expected to pass the Michigan legislature with bipartisan support, and could be on the governor...
article Michigan Poised To Legalize Sports Betting After Windy Road
(Michigan) -- Michigan lawmakers moved one big step closer to legalizing sports betting Tuesday morning, when the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee unanimously moved a...
article Michigan Senate panel OKs sports betting, online gambling
(Michigan) -- Michigan would legalize sports betting and internet gambling under bills approved Tuesday by a legislative panel, as lawmakers worked to send the measures...
article Skubick: Sports betting bill could beat the odds this year
(Michigan) -- State lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on legalized sports and Internet gaming which means when it’s Super Bowl time thousands of citizens...
article Senate votes to lift ban on political giving by casino interests
(Michigan) -- Casino owners and their suppliers will again be able to make political donations under a bill that is soon expected to land on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's...

12/9/2019

article Here Comes Michigan Sports Betting: Bill Will Pass This Week
(Michigan) -- Legislation to legalize sports betting, internet gambling, online poker and daily fantasy sports will pass the Michigan state legislature by Wednesday,...
article Michigan nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling
(Michigan) -- The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes...
article BLOG: Michigan Sports Betting Gets New Life
(Michigan) -- Happy Monday, everyone. We’re surging toward the end of 2019 with some surprisingly big happenings for the typically slow holiday season. Last week...

12/8/2019

article Governor and Legislature Close to Deal on Legalized Sports Betting and Online Gambling
(Michigan) -- In this update, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers are close to a deal on legalized sports betting. This agreement between the Republican-controlled...
article Michigan nears deal to legalize sports, online gambling
(Michigan) -- The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes...

12/6/2019

article Michigan legislators approve sports betting legalization measure
(Michigan) -- The Michigan House of Representatives reportedly passed a wide-ranging piece of legislation earlier this week that could soon see the Midwestern state...

12/5/2019

article Michigan Pushing Sports Betting To Limit Again
(Michigan) -- If anything came out of Tuesday’s Regulatory Reform Committee meeting in the Michigan Senate it was this: legal sports betting faces the same two...
article Michigan Senator: Sports Betting, Online Casino 'Signed Before Christmas'
(Michigan) -- Michigan residents may have an unexpected present under the tree this Christmas. State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. tells Legal Sports Report that negotiations...
article Michigan Sports Betting Bid Gets Tribal Support
(Michigan) -- In a signal that supports Michigan’s sports betting bill is gaining steam, the Native American tribes in the state have suggested they approve the...

12/4/2019

article Michigan tribes back sports betting legislation, bill sponsor says
(Michigan) -- Leaders of Michigan's Indian tribes, whose support could be crucial to allowing sports betting in Michigan, are generally on board with legislation...
article Michigan Tribes Ready to Get Behind Sports Betting, Governor Not So Sure
(Michigan) -- Michigan’s tribal operators are broadly supportive of sports betting in the sate – at least according to State Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo...

12/2/2019

article Budget battle still looms for Michigan lawmakers as they return from break
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Legislature is returning from its hunting and Thanksgiving break this week, a session recess that’s been a long-standing tradition over...
article Sports betting legislation getting support from Michigan Indian tribes
(Michigan) -- Leaders of Michigan's Indian tribes, whose support could be crucial to allowing sports betting in Michigan, are generally on board with legislation...

11/28/2019

article Legislative leaders share priorities for last few weeks of the year
(Michigan) -- Lawmakers return to Lansing next week. There are three scheduled weeks of session before the end of the year, and legislative leaders are hoping to make...

11/22/2019

article BLOG: Sports betting in talks to become legal in the state
(Michigan) -- In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled all sports betting illegal in most states. In May, they got rid of that law opening the door for a lot of states to...

11/8/2019

article Michigan Inching Toward Legal Online Gambling As Key Players Negotiate
(Michigan) -- Substantive discussions finally are underway to bridge the gap between Michigan casinos and the governor on internet gambling. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer...

11/2/2019

article OP/ED: Land hoarding keeps bucks in Ilitch pockets
(Michigan) -- Last week I attended a dinner at Amnesia, the fine restaurant/lounge atop the Ilitch-owned MotorCity Casino. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer one of the...

11/1/2019

article Michigan sports betting bills pass the House but don’t celebrate just yet
(Michigan) -- Never celebrate before the clock hits zero—especially in The Big House. And even though Michigan sports betting may have the lead, the bills in their...

10/31/2019

article House raises stakes, approves bills to legalize sports betting and internet gaming
(Michigan) -- Bills that would legalize sports betting and internet gaming in Michigan passed the state House on Wednesday despite opposition from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer...
article Michigan House OKs bills to legalize sports betting, online gambling
(Michigan) -- Legislation legalizing sports betting and online gambling in Michigan were approved by the House of Representatives Wednesday, although some still have...
article Michigan Lawmaker On Sports Betting: ‘What Does The Governor’s Office Want?’
(Michigan) -- A day after Michigan’s House Ways and Means Committee easily moved a package of iGaming and sports betting bills onto the House floor, the full House...
article Michigan online gaming and sports betting bill passed by the House
(Michigan) -- The 10-bill package legislation was sent Wednesday to the Senate for future consideration. The governor fears that the increased opportunities for gambling...
article Sports Creek gets conditional horse-racing license, but there’s a to-do list before it reopens
(Michigan) -- The owners of Sports Creek, a shuttered horse racing track that closed five years ago, have been granted a conditional license and permit to reopen next...

10/30/2019

article Michigan House passes sports betting, online gambling bills
(Michigan) -- Sports betting and online gambling would become legal at Michigan casinos under legislation approved Wednesday by the House, though Gov. Gretchen Whitmer...
article Sports betting, internet gaming and gambling approved by House, but face Gov. Whitmer veto
(Michigan) -- The Michigan House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation Wednesday that legalizes sports betting, internet gaming and gambling on fantasy sports,...

10/29/2019

article Michigan Internet, sports betting bills advance through House
(Michigan) -- Facing a possible governor's veto, a House committee has moved legalized sports and Internet betting one step closer to reality. With a host of gaming...
article Michigan Lawmakers Send Sports Betting Bill To House Floor
(Michigan) -- Michigan Representative Brandt Iden got his sports betting and internet gaming package out of the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, advancing a bill...
article Michigan Sports Betting Bills Advance Without Governor’s Support
(Michigan) -- Sports betting legislation is moving in Michigan, advancing with a package of gambling bills through the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. The...

10/28/2019

article House chair ready to throw dice on online gaming, sports betting bills
(Michigan) -- A key state House committee chairman plans to push for the legalization of online gaming and sports betting in Michigan after negotiating higher-than-...

10/24/2019

article Skubick: Internet and sports betting backer claims his bill is ready to move
(Michigan) -- The sponsor of legalized Internet and sports betting is predicting passage of his legislation by the end of the year. Republican Rep. Brant Iden is moving...

10/19/2019

article Place Your Bets: Michigan eyes legalized sports betting as other states move to offer wagering on games
(Michigan) -- Had you placed a bet on the Detroit Lions in their one-point loss to the Green Bay Packers last week, you would have lost in a game widely criticized for...

10/11/2019

article Michigan state rep working to legalize sports betting by end of this year
(Michigan) -- Sports betting is currently illegal in the state of Michigan, but one state representative hopes it will be legal before the end of this year....

10/6/2019

article Michigan Lawmaker Preparing For Another Year Without Online Gambling
(Michigan) -- Hopes for the legalization of internet gambling in Michigan this year aren’t dead yet, but the legislative sponsor is preparing for the likelihood...

10/3/2019

article Mobile sports betting available in Indiana; Michigan drags its feet
(Michigan) -- Sometime today, sports bettors in Indiana will be able to make a wager from the convenience of their cell phone. Meanwhile in Michigan, the wait continues...

10/2/2019

article Betting online in Detroit? Find out about Michigan’s online gambling laws
(Michigan) -- As one of the major states in the US Great Lakes region, Michigan has a very large population. It’s also home to Detroit, the largest city in the...
article How Michigan Sports Betting Could Get Done: By Cutting Out Online Casino
(Michigan) -- A Michigan lawmaker is setting sports betting free from online casino gambling. A new version of the Lawful Sports Betting Act circulated by Rep. Brandt...
article New Michigan Draft Bill Lets Sports Betting Stand On Its Own
(Michigan) -- In mid-September, Michigan lawmakers decided to put sports betting on hold until the state legislature got its budget squared away. That happened late on...

9/30/2019

article Will Latest Version Of Michigan Sports Betting Bill Get To Finish Line?
(Michigan) -- Tax rates are a central component of the discussion about expanding casino gambling in Michigan. The latest version of a sports betting bill that was made...

9/24/2019

article Sports betting bill Making progress in Michigan
(Michigan) -- Sports betting is one step closer to fruition in Michigan. A proposal submitted by Representative, Brandt Iden, recently passed within the state house...
article Sports Betting Pushed Aside in Michigan with Government Shutdown Coming
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan looked all set to legalize sports betting this fall, but it now appears that it is unlikely to happen in 2019. The Michigan...

9/20/2019

article Michigan Lawmakers Pause On Sports Betting To Iron Out Budget
(Michigan) -- Michigan Representative Brandt Iden is used to roadblocks, so the latest delay in taking action on sports betting is merely a speed bump. Earlier this week...

9/19/2019

article Michigan Sports Betting Chances Appear Slim In Budget Discussion
(Michigan) -- Sports betting legislation advanced through the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday, but that’s not an indication it’s on the move. Rep....

9/16/2019

article Sports Betting Bills Scheduled To See Movement This Week
(Michigan) -- Plans to make Michigan a sports betting state are moving through the state Legislature. A package of bills is scheduled to be voted out of a House...
article Michigan Tribal Casino, Community College Partner to Offer Blackjack Dealer Academy
(Michigan) -- Gun Lake Casino and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) have announced a partnership to develop a job training program to help the Michigan-based tribal...

9/13/2019

article Jack Entertainment to Close Detroit Office Following Greektown Casino Sale, Laying Off 92
(Michigan) -- Dan Gilbert’s Jack Entertainment will close its office in Detroit, laying off 92 employees in the wake of the sale of the Greektown Casino-Hotel to Penn...

9/12/2019

article "My goal is to have sports betting in Michigan up and running by the Super Bowl," lawmaker says
(Michigan) -- State Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Kalamazoo, told the House Regulatory Reform Committee Tuesday that he traveled to a casino 1 mile over the Michigan border into...

9/11/2019

article Michigan Sports Betting Bill Stalled Due To Proposed Tax Rate
(Michigan) -- Tuesday marked the very first hearing for the much-anticipated Michigan sports betting bill. Led by Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden, MI HB 4916 would legalize...
article Will Eight Be Enough? Another Michigan Sports Betting Bill Introduced
(Michigan) -- While some states made sure to launch regulated sports betting by the start of the NFL season, Michigan managed to beat the opening kickoff in introducing...

9/10/2019

article GOP lawmaker wants sports betting rules by Super Bowl
(Michigan) -- A Republican lawmaker who’s been pushing for gambling expansion in Michigan hopes to have new rules governing sports betting in place by the Super...
article Michigan sports betting could be legal by Super Bowl, lawmaker says
(Michigan) -- With 13 states and the District of Columbia having approved sports betting in their states since the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for expanded gambling...
article Movement In Michigan: Sports Betting Gets First Hearing Of ’19
(Michigan) -- Almost nine months after his sports betting package was shot down by then Governor Rick Snyder on the eve of 2019, Michigan Representative Brandt Iden got...

9/6/2019

article Michigan Sports Betting Bill Introduced Ahead Of Fall Legislative Push
(Michigan) -- The long-awaited Michigan sports betting bill was filed Wednesday, as lawmakers this fall begin the tough work on a budget and potentially face a...

9/3/2019

article Albanese observes college golfers at year-old Sage Run
(Michigan) -- Paul Albanese was an extremely interested observer during the inaugural Island Resort Intercollegiate golf tourney this weekend. Joined by his son and...

8/20/2019

article Judge rules against tribe’s push to make Petoskey area Michigan’s largest Indian reservation
(Michigan) -- A federal judge in Kalamazoo has ruled against an Indian tribe who claimed that a pair of historical treaties gave the tribe sovereignty over 337 square...

8/2/2019

article Standoff Continues Over Future of Michigan Online Gaming and Poker
(Michigan) -- After once getting to the point where all it needed was one person’s signature, the state of online gaming and poker in Michigan has plummeted...

7/23/2019

article Standoff In Michigan Leaves Online Gambling Discussion At A Standstill
(Michigan) -- Slots might end up being a sacrificial lamb in Michigan, slaughtered for the greater good of a controversial online gambling bill. Speaking to Online Poker...

6/28/2019

article Michigan sports betting bill draft unveiled ahead of feedback deadline
(Michigan) -- Policymakers in Michigan are working on the seventh draft of the upcoming sports betting legislation. MI Bets obtained a copy of the latest version of the...

6/25/2019

article Michigan Governor Opposes Online Gaming Push, Supporters Have Six Months to Change Her Mind
(Michigan) -- Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not a fan of the state’s legislative effort to legalize online gaming. Whitmer is at loggerheads with...

6/23/2019

article Gov. Whitmer and state lawmaker in standoff over online gaming
(Michigan) -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer is pushing back against legislation to allow online casino gambling in Michigan. Whitmer is worried that if people are playing...

6/17/2019

article Michigan Betting Revenue: Casino & Sports Betting
(Michigan) -- Michigan currently has 26 casinos in operation across the state. The amount of revenue collected has seen a fairly consistent rise over the last few months...

5/24/2019

article BLOG: Michigan Sports Betting
(Michigan) -- The Wolverine State Prepares for Legal Sports Betting: Like New York and other states bordering on locations that have made betting on sports legal,...

5/18/2019

article Saganing Eagles Landing Casino hiring 169 as it completes multimillion dollar expansion
(Michigan) -- A multimillion dollar expansion and hotel project at Saganing Eagles Landing Casino is wrapping up soon and officials aim to fill more than 100 new full-...

5/14/2019

article What Does Michigan Need to See iGaming Legalized?
(Michigan) -- Michigan has been so close to passing online gambling legislation and it is disheartening to see lawmakers like Representative Brandt Iden having to try...

5/13/2019

article Support For Michigan Online Gambling Hinges On Taxes, School Funding
(Michigan) -- A recent committee hearing in Michigan made it clear that the new governor has the same issues with expanded gambling as the old one. Rep. Brandt Iden told...

5/8/2019

article Man The Wall: Michigan Sports Betting Legislation Is Coming (Again)
(Michigan) -- Promises of a Michigan sports betting bill have carried on about as long as warnings that winter is coming. Now that winter has come in Game of Thrones,...

5/7/2019

article Turf War: Why The Michigan Lottery Wants Casinos To Stay Out Of The Online Gambling Business
(Michigan) -- The Michigan House Ways and Means Committee recently held a hearing to discuss several gaming expansions under consideration by the legislature, including...

5/6/2019

article One step forward, two steps back for online gaming in Michigan
(Michigan) -- If Michigan residents thought the state was making progress with online gaming legislation, they might need to think again. Although several legislative...

5/3/2019

article Michigan Online Gambling Bill Needs More Work To Get Past Governor
(Michigan) -- Despite passing expanded gambling legislation last year, lawmakers in Michigan seem to be further from the finish line than they were to begin the 2019...

5/2/2019

article Michigan Online Casino, Sports Betting Bills May Rest on Taxes
(Michigan) -- Tax rates have been a key sticking point for gaming expansion proposals in statehouses across the country. It will be perhaps the most significant issue in...
article Treasury: Online gaming legislation could cost schools $28M
(Michigan) -- The proposed legalization of online gaming in Michigan would cost Michigan's public schools $28 million annually in revenue, a state Treasury...

4/23/2019

article Michigan Has The Lowest Percentage of Adults With Gambling Disorders
(Michigan) -- Ten years ago this August, Firekeeper's Casino opened for business in Calhoun County. It took ten years of planning, and before that, there we a lot of...

4/12/2019

article Michigan Senator: Online Casino, Poker Bill Could Be To Governor By June
(Michigan) -- Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. is in his first year sponsoring online gambling legislation in Michigan, but he’s not new to the effort. Hertel played a key...

4/2/2019

article Critics question whether Michigan’s gambling blacklist is effective or not
(Michigan) -- Critics are questioning whether Michigan’s voluntary gambling blacklist is an effective way to prevent problematic betting since many Detroit casinos...

4/1/2019

article New Michigan Gambling Bill Gets Hearings
(Michigan) -- So far, the Michigan online gambling bill has shown great progress in getting to the governor’s desk later this spring. This is not a surprise. The...

3/31/2019

article Critics raise concerns about Michigan's gambling blacklist
(Michigan) -- Critics are questioning whether Michigan's voluntary gambling blacklist is an effective way to prevent problematic betting since many Detroit casinos...

3/27/2019

article Critics question if Michigan's voluntary gambling blacklist works
(Detroit) -- Hussein Dakhlallah thought he could fix his gambling problem by signing a piece of paper. In 2016, Dakhlallah's wife Terresa grew concerned about her...

3/26/2019

article Blue Chip Casino prepares for summer surge with expansion, recruiting
(Michigan) -- With nicer weather comes more of an urge to get out and have some fun. Blue Chip Casino, Hotel, and Spa in Michigan City is preparing for the expected...

3/24/2019

article Politics Podcast: Expanded Gambling Bill in Michigan on the Way to Passage
(Michigan) -- Bill Ballenger and Dennis Denno, veterans of Michigan politics, discuss timely issues on "The Friday Morning Podcast," sponsored by Deadline...

3/18/2019

article Skubick: Internet and sports betting could get green light in state, again
(Michigan) -- Lawmakers who want to expand Internet and sports betting in the state could be on a collision course with the Trump administration, which wants to ban that...

3/13/2019

article Michigan Doubles Down on Legalizing Online Gambling
(Michigan) -- The Michigan legislature is renewing its effort to introduce online gaming legislation in the state after outgoing Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the prior...

3/12/2019

article Michigan Online Gambling Prospects Bullish After Favorable Committee Hearing
(Michigan) -- Efforts to legalize online gambling in Michigan came up just one step short of the finish line in 2018, thanks to a veto from then-Gov. Rick Snyder....
article State lawmakers take another gamble on online gaming legislation
(Michigan) -- Lawmakers are making another go at legalizing online gaming activities after Republican former Gov. Rick Snyder last year vetoed similar legislation. The...

3/11/2019

article Iden Readies Michigan Sports Betting Bill For Drop, But Not Quite Yet
(Michigan) -- Conspicuously missing from the package of gambling-related bills introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden last week was one for Michigan sports betting. Entering the...
article Michigan Online Gaming Pushes Back, Minus Naysaying Governor Snyder
(Michigan) -- Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden (R-61st) has reintroduced an online casino bill that last year came as close to becoming law as it is possible to do...

3/10/2019

article Legislation For Online Sports Betting, Casino Filed In Michigan
(Michigan) -- Michigan is back in the game. On Thursday, a pair of companion Michigan online gambling bills emerged. Last year, the Michigan Lawful Internet Gaming Act...

3/9/2019

article BLOG: Michigan online gambling bills filed
(Michigan) -- Legislators in Michigan are making another strong push to bring legalized gambling to the state after efforts once again stalled late last year. Michigan...

3/8/2019

article Mich. Gov. Tells 6th Circ. Tribe Can't Use Land For Casino (sub req)
(Michigan) -- Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has urged the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court's ruling that a state law doesn't automatically let the tribe...

3/7/2019

article Michigan Online Gambling Bills Back On File Following Former Governor’s Veto
(Michigan) -- Proponents of legalized online gambling are bellying back up to the table in Michigan. A pair of bills reappeared on the record on Thursday, one in each...

2/23/2019

article Tribes look to governor in fight to expand casinos
(Michigan) -- The quest of Michigan’s tribal casino resorts to expand beyond their boundaries wasn’t a hot topic during last year’s election between...

2/22/2019

article Rep. Iden continues to push for online gambling
(Michigan) -- Oshtemo House Representative Brandt Iden says he worked for two years to get online gambling bills passed in the last session, building coalitions,...

2/13/2019

article Legalized Sports Betting – On The Horizon For Michigan?
(Michigan) -- The money, the addiction, the thrill. This is the world of sports betting. Within the upcoming year, Michigan could be next state to legalize wagering one...

2/11/2019

article House Bill 4093: Transfer state corporate subsidy money to road repairs
(Michigan) -- Introduced by Rep. Jeff Yaroch (R), to no longer give $60 million in annual state revenue from state Indian casino compacts to the state department in...

2/9/2019

article Michigan Online Gambling Bill Stalled
(Michigan) -- The long-suffering Michiganders who were hoping to be able to gamble online in 2019 had their hopes dashed right before the end of 2018. A few days before...

2/8/2019

article Opinion: Michigan should legalize online gambling
(Michigan) -- In late December, Michigan residents came close to having a great reason to celebrate during the holiday season: state lawmakers had passed a long-awaited...

2/3/2019

article Michigan Governor Vetoes Gambling Bill Days Before Leaving Office
(Michigan) -- To say that the legislators who worked on the gambling bill for Michigan to legalize online gambling are angry does not even begin to describe how they are...

2/2/2019

article Michigan Veto Delays Gambling Legislation for One Year
(Michigan) -- The recent vetoing of the long-suffering and long-awaited gambling bills in Michigan has stymied efforts to get new gambling legislation passed for at...

1/23/2019

article Michigan Lawmaker Calls Wire Act Opinion ‘Bunk’, ‘Irrelevant’ To Sports Betting
(Michigan) -- Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden called last week’s Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel opinion on the scope of the Wire Act “pretty irrelevant...

1/17/2019

article Former Michigan Online Gambling Sponsor Sees Clear Path To Passage In 2019
(Michigan) -- Imagine spending 4 1/2 years of your life working on one specific task. In your final week on the job, you log overtime to get it finished, staying well...

1/12/2019

article Bet on gambling bills resurfacing at the State Capitol
(Michigan) -- Former Governor Rick Snyder may have rejected a bi-partisan effort to greatly expand all kinds of online and charitable gambling in Michigan with a lame...

1/10/2019

article Michigan Online Gambling Is Still Afloat, Could Pass In 2019
(Michigan) -- All eyes are on Michigan online gambling. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder took the wind out of online gambling advocates’ sails just days before...

1/9/2019

article Opinion: Despite veto, online gambling still coming
(Michigan) -- As Majority Floor Leader of the Michigan Senate, I, along with the rest of the Michigan legislature, worked hard to help dig Detroit out of what amounted...

1/3/2019

article RUDDOCK: Michigan Is The Biggest Loser Under Governor’s Online Gambling Veto
(Michigan) -- In deciding to veto a set of online gambling bills, former Gov. Rick Snyder left Michiganders with a lump of coal in their stockings on his way out the...

1/2/2019

article Michigan veto delays online gambling by at least one year
(Michigan) -- Fears that online gaming might cannibalize revenue from the official state lottery have temporarily put paid to the passage of Michigan’s proposed...
article Snyder veto puts Michigan out of the sports betting frame
(Michigan) -- Michigan very quickly went from being the latest state to introduce regulated sports wagering to become yet another contender somewhere down the line as...

12/31/2018

article IPPOLITO: Governor Rick Snyder vetoes Michigan online gaming bill
(Michigan) -- Just before Christmas, Michigan’s state legislature approved an online gambling bill. However, on Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed nearly 40 bills,...
article The good and the weird: Looking back on 2018
(Michigan) -- 2018 could be a bit of a wild ride in mid-Michigan. We’ve shared the top stories from last year, but we couldn’t help but feel like the list...

12/30/2018

article Michigan Governor Vetoes Package of iGaming Bills That Had Opened Door To Legal Sports Betting
(Michigan) -- With 48 hours remaining in his term, outgoing Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Friday vetoed the package of iGaming bills that passed the state...
article Michigan online gambling bills vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder
(Michigan) -- Michigan Representative Brandt Iden was confident in his efforts to push for sports betting and online gambling legislation in the state. Both democrats...
article Michigan’s Outgoing Governor Vetoes Online Gambling Bill
(Michigan) -- Barely a week after legislators in Michigan approved an online gambling bill in a late-night legislative session, the bill has been vetoed by the state...
article Snyder vetoes bill to legalize online gambling
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed bills that would have authorized online gambling in Michigan, including wagers placed on sports. His decision Friday is blow to...

12/29/2018

article Michigan guv vetoes online gambling legislation
(Michigan) -- Michigan’s governor has vetoed the online gambling bill the state’s legislature approved just days before Christmas. On Friday, Michigan’...

12/28/2018

article Gov. Snyder Vetoes Michigan Online Gambling Bill
(Michigan) -- Just one week after Michigan legislators pushed through an online gambling bill in a late-night legislative session, the bill is dead. All it needed was...
article Michigan Online Gambling Sponsor On Governor’s Veto: ‘Incredibly Disappointing’
(Michigan) -- Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden, sponsor of the internet gambling bills vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday, called the vetoes a ploy to monopolize the money...
article Snyder vetoes bill to legalize online gambling
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed bills that would have authorized online gambling in Michigan, including wagers placed on sports. His decision Friday is blow to...
article Snyder vetoes online gambling, fantasy sports betting bills
(Michigan) -- Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday vetoed legislation that would have authorized online gambling in Michigan through Detroit's three casinos and out-state...

12/26/2018

article Key Lawmaker Will Introduce Michigan Sports Betting Bill, But It Might Not Be Necessary
(Michigan) -- Fresh off passing online gambling legislation on the final day of the 2018 legislative session, Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden tells Legal Sports Report that...
article Michigan Online Gambling Bill ‘Model Legislation’ For Tribal Gaming States
(Michigan) -- When Rep. Brandt Iden took it upon himself to lead the push an online gambling bill in Michigan two years ago, the task seemed monumental. As a tribal...

12/25/2018

article Michigan could soon take a step toward legal sports betting
(Michigan) -- Local gamblers and national gaming companies are waiting to see if Michigan will take a step toward joining the growing number of states that allow sports...

12/24/2018

article Lawmakers Pass Online Gambling Bill In Michigan: What This Means For The Great Lakes State
(Michigan) -- The Michigan legislature has passed a trio of bills that would legalize and regulate online gaming. If these bills are signed into law, Michigan’s...
article Michigan ready to legalize sports wagering with Bill 4926
(Michigan) -- Michigan has emerged as the latest state to introduce regulated sports wagering thanks to the sign off last week of Bill 4926. The bill, which makes...
article RUDDOCK: Michigan Online Gambling Is Coming, And So Are New Jobs
(Michigan) -- Last week, the Michigan legislature passed an online gambling bill in the eleventh hour of its legislative session. A pending signature from Gov. Rick...

12/23/2018

article Michigan Poised To Become Fifth State To Legalize Online Gambling
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan has closed its legislative session with a last-minute vote on HB4926, a bill that would legalize online gambling including casino...
article Michigan Senate Approves Online Gambling Bill in One-Sided Vote
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan has moved another step closer to becoming the fifth US state with formally regulated online gambling, following approval by the state...

12/22/2018

article Legislature OKs online gambling, considers $1.3B budget bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Republican-controlled Legislature voted early Friday to legalize online gambling and passed a $1.3 billion budget bill that would allocate more...
article Michigan Awaits Governor’s Signature to Legalize Gambling
(Michigan) -- With the legislative season now over, the Michigan Senate has managed to pull a quick last-minute vote, backing the H 4926 bill laying down the groundwork...

12/21/2018

article Everything You Need To Know About The Michigan Online Gambling Bill
(Michigan) -- Pending a signature from Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan will become the fifth state to legalize online gambling. As the clock ticked down on its 2018...
article Michigan Legislature legalizes online gambling, considers $1.3B budget bill
(Michigan) -- The Republican-controlled Legislature raced early Friday to legalize online gambling and pass a $1.3 billion budget bill that would allocate more for roads...
article Michigan Legislature sends $1.3 billion budget bill to Gov. Snyder's desk
(Michigan) -- Michigan's Legislature has approved a $1.3 billion budget plan that would spend more on roads, environmental cleanup and mental health counselors in...
article Inside Gaming: Michigan Lawmakers Pass Online Gambling Bill
(Michigan) -- Lots of legislative news in this week's Inside Gaming, starting with Michigan now being poised to become the fifth state to pass an online gambling...
article Michigan passes iGaming bill authorising casino games and sports betting (sub req)
(Michigan) -- Michigan’s iGaming bill has passed both legislative houses and now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for approval.
press release GAN Announces Michigan Becomes Sixth State to Regulate Internet Gambling in the U.S.; Expects to Serve Land-Based Casino Operators in 2019
(Michigan) -- GAN plc (GAN or the Company) a leading B2B supplier of Internet gambling enterprise software-as-a-service solutions to the US land-based casino Industry,...

12/20/2018

article Internet gambling bills get green light from Michigan Legislature
(Michigan) -- Michiganders could legally gamble online under a bill that was one of the last ones to get a green light from the lame duck Legislature late Thursday night.
article Michigan Online Gambling Bill Up For Vote In Eleventh Hour
(Michigan) -- As the final few hours of the 2018 session tick away, Michigan lawmakers are scrambling to pass a bill that would legalize online gambling.

12/17/2018

article Michigan Lottery releases school contributions for 2018
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Lottery says it has provided more than $941.2 million to the School Aid Fund in Fiscal Year 2018, its fourth straight record contribution. In...

12/8/2018

article Smartphone gambling regulations under review by state
(Michigan) -- A trio of bills that would legalize and regulate online gambling from a smartphone or computer is awaiting a vote in the Senate before year’s end. If...

12/4/2018

article Online gambling bill still awaits Senate decision
(Michigan) -- Despite the state’s current lame-duck status, lawmakers in Michigan are still pushing for several bills to get passed, and one of those would allow...

11/19/2018

article Michigan Sports Betting Could See Integrity Fees, Rep. Says
(Michigan) -- Michigan could become one of the first Midwestern states with legal sports betting. At least one state lawmaker believes it could be the first to give a...

11/16/2018

article Lawmaker Expects Michigan Online Gambling Bill ‘Gets To The Governor’s Desk Before The End Of The Year’
(Michigan) -- A key Michigan lawmaker expects to have an online gambling bill on the governor’s desk before the calendar turns to 2019. The question is whether...
article Michigan Could Become First State to Pay Leagues Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’
(Michigan) -- So far the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and PGA Tour are 0-for-7 in persuading state lawmakers to mandate payment of an off-the-...
article Sportsbetting plans for Greektown Casino Hotel
(Michigan) -- American regional casino operator, Penn National Gaming Incorporated, has reportedly announced that it would like to pursue a sportsbook for Detroit’...

11/14/2018

article New Greektown Casino operator wants to add sports betting
(Michigan) -- The future operator of Greektown Casino-Hotel says it wants to pursue sports betting in Michigan. Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is selling the casino...

11/9/2018

article Michigan casinos: a guide to games, perks, food and more
(Michigan) -- As the weather turns colder and Michiganders look for entertainment options that don't involve trudging through the ice and snow, casinos across the...

11/7/2018

article Third Term For Rep. Brandt Iden Keeps Michigan Online Gambling In Play
(Michigan) -- Rep. Brandt Iden retained his seat in the Michigan statehouse by the narrowest of margins in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Numbers out of the 61st...

10/12/2018

article Michigan tribes shared $29.9 million of gaming revenue with local communities in FY 2017
(Michigan) -- Native American tribes sent $29.9 million in gaming-related payments to local governments and revenue sharing boards in Michigan during fiscal year 2017,...

9/5/2018

article Sauk Suiattle Tribe’s new casino closer to opening
(Washington) -- The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe’s new casino and bingo hall is a ways out there. That’s part of the character, according to the team behind...

8/27/2018

article Blue Chip welcomes new leadership
(Michigan) -- Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa has new leadership. Brenda Temple has been named general manager and Bret Cox assistant general manager of the Michigan...
article Michigan's 50 highest-spending school districts per student
(Michigan) -- Michigan public schools spent an average of $10,209 per student in 2016-17, but those numbers varied considerably by district, according to data collected...

8/17/2018

article Man put $20 in Greektown Casino slot machine, won life-changing amount
(Michigan) -- A Greektown Casino-Hotel guest's favorite slot machine just won him $875,527, according to a release from the Detroit casino. The 50-year-old player,...

8/2/2018

article BLOG: Michigan to push for online betting bill
(Michigan) -- The US state of Michigan is planning to modify an online betting bill passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year to incorporate sports...

7/12/2018

article Island Resort opens Sage Run on Sweetgrass anniversary
(Michigan) -- It was 10 years ago that the Island Resort & Casino, located in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula just outside of Escanaba, developed the award-...

7/11/2018

article Arenac County Casino Expansion Project On Schedule
(Michigan) -- It’s been 10 years in planning, but the first major expansion of the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino reaches a half way milestone. Construction crews...

6/27/2018

article Michigan lawmakers adjourn without passing sports betting law
(Michigan) -- Michigan adjourned its legislative session this week without legalising sports betting, but there's still hope for the bill to become law by the end of...
article Michigan Lawmakers Adjourn Without Passing Sports Betting Legislation
(Michigan) -- While lawmakers in Michigan tried to pass sports betting legislation before the summer session came to an end, the legislature adjourned without a bill...

6/25/2018

article Michigan Adjourns Without Sports Betting Law, But Made Progress
(Michigan) -- The state of Michigan ended its attempt to legalize sports betting before the start of the NFL season last week, when the state legislature went on its...

6/18/2018

article Michigan lower house paves way for legal online gambling
(Michigan) -- The lower house of the Michigan state legislature has passed a bill opening the doors to legalized online gambling and sports betting in the state of 9.9...

6/17/2018

article Michigan moves towards legalizing online gambling
(Michigan) -- Michigan's House of Representatives has voted 68-40 in favour of online gambling bill HB 4926, which paves the way for the Lawful Internet Gaming Act....

6/15/2018

article With A Successful Online Lottery, Does MI Really Need Online Casinos?
(Michigan) -- If it looks like Michigan lawmakers are dragging their feet on online gambling, it’s probably because they are. Who could blame them? The...

6/13/2018

article Michigan bill opens door to online gambling, sports bets
(Michigan) -- Bills that have cleared an initial legislative hurdle would legalize online gambling in Michigan and start the process toward possibly also allowing sports...
article Michigan House approves online gambling bill
(Michigan) -- Michigan would legalize online gambling under a bill passed by the state House. Lawmakers voted 68-40 Tuesday night for two main bills to create a Lawful...
article Michigan Sports Betting Passes House, But A Second Bill Is Needed, Sponsor Says
(Michigan) -- Although the Lawful Internet Gaming Act passed by the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday references sports betting, bill author Rep. Brandt Iden...
article New law could legalize online gambling in Michigan
(Michigan) -- A new law winding its way through Lansing is paving the way for Michigan residents to gamble without having to leave their homes. Just two decades ago, the...

6/12/2018

article Michigan House votes to legalize internet gambling, final passage possible in fall
(Michigan) -- Michiganders could legally gamble online under a bill that passed the House of Representatives Tuesday on a 68-40 vote. The bill would allow people at...
article Michigan Sports Betting And Online Gambling Bill Passes House
(Michigan) -- Michigan has finally taken a major step toward legal online gambling and sports betting. House lawmakers voted to pass the Lawful Internet Gaming Act by a...
article Michigan takes step toward legal online gambling
(Michigan) -- Gamblers in Michigan would be able to play and bet on casino games online under bills passed 68-40 by the House on Tuesday night. The bills would allow...

6/9/2018

article Michigan legislature too disjointed for 2018 sports wagering legalization
(Michigan) -- Some states haven’t proffered any legislation regarding sports wagering, and then there is Michigan. The Michigan legislators have out fourth at...
article 5 Lansing women plead guilty in connection with gambling operation out of vacant store
(Michigan) -- Five Lansing women pleaded guilty this week to involvement with an illegal gambling operation out of a storefront in the city. The Michigan Attorney...

6/2/2018

article BLOG: Tribal Concerns Slowing Down Online Gaming Progress in Michigan
(Michigan) -- Earlier this month, State Representative Brandt Iden expressed optimism that his online gambling and sports betting bill would pass in Michigan before the...

5/25/2018

article Is sports betting coming to Michigan?
(Michigan) -- Commercial sports betting may be on the horizon in Michigan. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to override a 26-year-old law that prohibited...

5/17/2018

article Mid-Michigan casinos open to sports gambling
(Michigan) -- Casinos in Mid-Michigan are open to adding a new attraction that focuses on sports. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday, May 14, to overturn the...

5/14/2018

article Revamped Michigan Online Gambling Bill Still Faces The Same Problems
(Michigan) -- After falling off the radar, Michigan has reentered the online gambling conversation, with a new draft of H4926, an online gaming bill.The bill’s sponsor,...

5/13/2018

article BLOG: Stars Aligning For Online Gambling in Michigan
(Michigan) -- Last year, Michigan’s efforts to push through online poker legislation ground to a halt after a bill (HB 4926) introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden got...

5/8/2018

article Michigan Lawmaker On Online Gambling Bill: Goal Is To Pass It Before Summer
(Michigan) -- Today was the day by which Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden expected to get his online gambling and sports betting bill approved by the state’s House of...

5/7/2018

article Michigan Senator seeking support for revised iGaming bill
(Michigan) -- Michigan might be back in the online gambling race after Gambling Compliance chief, Chris Krafcik, tells all that State Senator Rep. Brandt Iden is busy...

5/3/2018

article Michigan Online Casino, Sports Betting Bill Is Coming Out Of Hibernation
(Michigan) -- An online casino, poker and sports betting bill in Michigan is stirring to life. What’s new with Michigan and online gambling? Online Poker Report...

5/1/2018

article Northville Downs sees revenue boost from Hazel Park closure, will run live race season without a break
(Michigan) -- While no headcount is yet available, gamblers from the now-closed Hazel Park Raceway have made their way to Michigan's lone remaining horse track,...

4/30/2018

article Rep. Iden's online gambling bill under fire
(Michigan) -- A bill proposed by Representative Brandt Iden of Oshtemo to legalize online gambling in Michigan is drawing some heavy fire from a state health official,...

4/9/2018

article Michigan's Historic Grand Hotel Opens for 132nd Season on May 4
(Michigan) -- Grand Hotel will open its doors for the 132nd season on Friday, May 4. The 2018 season will debut two newly designed Named Rooms, along with the...

4/6/2018

article Hazel Park horse track closure ‘devastating’
(Michigan) -- The long, twilight struggle for thoroughbred racing in Michigan finally may have ended. Like a lot of owners and breeders and others when they heard...

3/13/2018

article Detroit Casino Revenue Down Compared to Last Year
(Michigan) -- The three Detroit casinos reported $110 million in aggregate revenue during February, a 6.1 percent decline compared with February 2017 results. Year-to-...

2/28/2018

article Bills would reform MI’s online gambling laws
(Michigan) -- A set of bills making its way through Michigan’s legislature will change the rules for gambling online within the state. Current laws say online...

1/27/2018

article Michigan iGaming Bill Adds Sports Betting
(Michigan) -- Three measures that would establish a framework to legalize and regulate online gambling and sports betting recently passed the Michigan House Regulatory...

12/27/2017

article Lawmakers plan to tackle internet gambling in New Year
(Michigan) -- Internet gambling would be regulated under bills recently voted out of a state House committee. The legislation would let casinos and tribal casinos get...

12/26/2017

article Column: Let’s legalize internet gaming
(Michigan) -- The internet and the convenience of mobile devices are changing the way we do everything. We stay in touch with family and friends online. We shop online....

12/22/2017

article State agency launches updated website
(Michigan) -- The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) recently launched an updated website that makes it faster for visitors to access to licensing forms. A new filter...

12/18/2017

article Michigan Moves One Step Closer Toward Legalizing Online Gambling
(Michigan) -- Last week, the Michigan House Committee on Regulatory Reform approved three gaming bills that would allow some forms of online gambling. The bills must now...

12/17/2017

article Casinos stepping up to challenges to lure in new players
(Indiana) -- Northwest Indiana's casinos spent their first decade consistently growing their gaming operations as they became a billion-dollar industry along the...

12/15/2017

article Michigan Online Poker Bill Awaits 2018 Consideration
(Michigan) -- Michigan has a chance to become the fifth US state to legalize online poker, with a set of bills creating a framework for the legalization and regulation...

12/14/2017

article Gaining Support Of Detroit Casinos ‘Big Step’ For Michigan Online Gambling Bill, Lawmaker Says
(Michigan) -- Michigan state Rep. Brandt Iden hoped to get his online gambling bill through the House before the turkeys were stuffed on Thanksgiving. Instead, he...
article Michigan bill now includes sports betting
(Michigan) -- Sports betting could be allowed in Michigan after it was added to a gambling bill that progressed through the state’s legislature on Wednesday. Rep. Brandt...
article Michigan sets its sights on a legalised sports betting future
(Michigan) -- Amendments made to a bill passing through Michagan’s House Regulatory Reform Comittee (HRRC) could potentially see a legalised sports betting market...
article Marquette, Baraga county sites get boost from gaming
(Michigan) -- A proposed underpass project in Marquette Township got a boost from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with a $25,000 gaming distribution.

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