The Wolverine State appears determined to take some action on internet betting, as four new bills related to the legalization of the activity have been introduced this week.
The bills introduced came from Senators Mike Kowall, Jack Bradenburg, and Joe Hune, and comprise of bills S202, S203, S204, and S205. As of press time the bills have not been uploaded to view, but the legislation is believed to endorse the regulation and taxation of online betting within the state. Kowall introduced a measure to legalize online betting last year, and his new bills already have the co-sponsorship of five other senators.
Michigan has a population of about 10 million people, which puts it at about the same level as New Jersey. It's widely thought that online betting would be a healthy proposition for the state, which is seeking ways to raise tax revenues to pay for road repairs and other projects throughout the state. Michigan had already begun instituting online lottery sales, which have been wildly successful thus far.
We will be keeping up on the status of these bills and will let you know if they proceed through committee.