Michigan's online gambling bill may be languishing in uncertainty, but it appears that sportsbetting may be legal in the Wolverine State by January.
Representative Brandt Iden has been working passing online gambling and sportsbetting bills, and it looks like wagering on sports has more of the attention of politicians at the moment. His bill passed through a committee vote and will now head to the full house for debate and a vote. If it passes there, it will head to the Senate where the same will happen. If it passes there, it will move to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's desk where she can sign the bill into law.
Commenting on why he thinks sportsbetting should be legal Rep. Iden said, "Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive."
Iden was instrumental at getting online gambling legislation passed in Michigan in the past. He succeeded last year, but was shocked when outgoing Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill at his desk just days before leaving office. A second attempt at regulating the activity is also in committee at this time.
We'll keep up on this story and will update readers as we learn more.