Michigan's latest attempt to legalize online gambling progressed through a hearing and House Committee vote this week, moving the bill one step closer to a full vote in the House.
Online gambling was nearly legalized in The Mitten last year, but outgoing governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill that was passed by both the House and Senate. This new bill is almost identical to the version that was vetoed last year, but will face a new governor in Gretchen Whitmer, who's believed to be in favor of passing the bill.
After a hearing, the bill (formally known as HB 4311) was given a vote in the Regulatory Reform Committee, where it went through with a 13-1 margin. The bill will now go to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is chaired by the bill's author Rep. Brandt Iden. After that, it will likely go to a full House vote. The Senate is working on a nearly identical bill, and if it goes through there, the bills will be reconciled for both chambers before heading to the Governor's desk for signing or veto.
Michigan has a population about the size of New Jersey and may be looked at as a lucrative market for casinos and developers alike. We're following the story and will update readers as we learn more.