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Michigan's online betting bill passed through the Committee stage of the state House of Representatives, and will now go in front of the full House for debate and a vote.
The bill was introduced this year after it had advanced to former governor Rick Snyder's desk to be signed into law. That bill was vetoed, shocking lawmakers who considered the bill's passage a slam dunk. This year a nearly identical bill was introduced, and it seems to have made it through an important step where it can hopefully get voted through for passage before the year ends.
This bill was once again introduced by Republican Brandt Iden, who has been a force for pushing for online betting over the past few years. Speaking about the bill Iden said, "This is really about updates. This is about the future of the industry. This is about making sure Michigan stays competitive."
The bill would allow for online betting and would tax operators at 8% on revenue. Licenses would be granted to the three commercial casinos and 23 tribal casinos in the Wolverine State.
We're following this story and will update readers as we learn more.