Michigan gets closer to iGaming legalisation

Michigan online gambling sports betting

Michigan could pass the iGaming bill and then approve sports betting. (Credits: wemu.org)

A bill seeking to regulate online gambling in Michigan sailed through the state house and reached the Senate for further discussion.

US.- The iGaming segment is one step closer to being legalised in Michigan as lawmakers voted 68-40 to authorise the state’s commercial and tribal casinos to operate online. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for further debate (once it goes back in session next September) and potential enforcement, which would require tribal gaming compacts to be amended.

The piece of legislation foresees an eight per cent tax to be set on online gambling revenues. It will be divided to fund the Internet Gaming Fund (35 per cent), which will also enforce regulations, the Michigan transportation fund and school state aid fund would (five per cent each) and the city of Detroit (55 per cent).

According to the bill’s lead sponsor Rep. Brandt Iden, should it turn into Law it may lead to sports betting legalisation. As the Supreme Court brought the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) down, several states in the US have begun discussing how to regulate the segment, which may be the case of Michigan in the near future.