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Michigan's governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a series of bills into law that legalize online gambling and sportsbetting within the Wolverine State.
The bills were signed into law almost a year after former governor Rick Snyder vetoed nearly identical bills. Those located within the states will have access to online slots, table games, poker, and sportsbetting, generating millions of dollars in revenues for the state. Sportsbetting taxes will be paid at a rate of 8.4% by operators, while online casino taxes will be on a sliding scale of between 20-28% depending on the type of casino offering the service.
Speaking about the new laws Whitmer said, "My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our students deserve leaders who put their education first. Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase funding for firefighters battling cancer. This is a real bipartisan win for our state."
Michigan is now the 20th state to legalize sportsbetting, jumping on board after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the PASPA law, which outlawed sportsbetting in all but a few states.
No timeframe for the launch of both services was available as of press time.