Michigan Introduces Sportsbetting Bill

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Last week a Michigan state representative announced that he's introduced a bill that would legalize sportsbetting in the state, echoing a desire that's being pushed by the state of New Jersey.

The bill is officially known as HB4060, and would legalize sportsbetting at various casinos throughout the state according to its sponsor, Rept. Robert Kosowski. The bill is nearly identical to one introduced by Kosowski in 2015 that had failed to grow any support among legislators. The bill is very basic at this point, stating only that, "The holder of a casino license may accept wagers on sporting events."

There are currently 25 casinos in the state, with three in Detroit and several others spread out across Indian Reservations.

Sportsbetting in the United States is in a state of flux right now, as the activity is only legal in a handful of states thanks to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. That law is being challenged by the state of New Jersey, who states that PASPA is unconstitutional, and is currently awaiting trial in front of the US Supreme Court.

Michigan is also working on passing legislation that would legalize and regulate online betting in the state, which would allow adults aged 21 and older in the Wolverine State to bet online. That bill seems to have more support, although it did fail to make it through the legislature last year.

Casino Listings will update this story as we learn more about the bill.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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24 January 2017 - 12:44am
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That should be an important change for the State and the sportsbetting in US generally. Maybe online sports betting bill is next and if that happen I think few other states would be interested to legalize sportsbetting too.