This week the Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee passed through a bill that would legalize online gambling in the Wolverine State, as it passed through with an 8-1 vote.
The bill, which is formally known as Senate Bill 889, would legalize and regulate online casino games and poker within its borders by licensing operators with a $100,000 application fee and $5 million license. Gross Gaming Revenues would also be taxed at a rate of 10%. The bill was introduced by State Senator Mike Kowall, who also serves as the Senate Majority Floor Leader.
The bill will now move through to the full Senate, where it will be debated and voted on. If the bill passes through, it will go through to the House. If it passes through there it will head to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where he can either sign the bill into law or veto it. The bill does face legislative deadlines though, as the state's fiscal year ends on June 30th.
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