Michigan Lawmaker Ready To Take A Swing At Sports Betting Bill

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The long wait for a sports betting bill in Michigan is about to end.

Legal Sports Report obtained a draft of a bill being prepared by Rep. Brandt Iden, which he intends to introduce next week.

While it took a few months longer than anticipated to work out the details, Iden’s proposal is mostly reasonable compared to the borderline outlandish provisions appearing in some nearby states.

What’s in the MI sports betting bill?

The new MI sports betting legislation would authorize both mobile and land-based wagering at the state’s 23 tribal and three commercial casinos.

Additionally, it would:

Iden did note that he anticipates some changes to the final language between now and introduction.

Minor concession to leagues

For bets on the outcomes of games, the bill would permit licensees to use any data supplier, provided the data does not originate from:

  1. Live event attendees in violation of terms of admittance
  2. Automated computer programs that compile data from the internet in violation of terms of service

For in-play wagers, however, the bill would require operators to use official league data upon request from the sport’s governing body.

The draft does not include an integrity fee payable to leagues or any limitations on collegiate betting.

Disbursement of fees and taxes

The draft bill goes into great detail on how the state would use MI sports betting revenue.

Path forward for MI sports betting bill

Iden is also the sponsor of a Michigan online gambling bill introduced in March. It has been delayed in the House Ways and Means Committee that he chairs due to concerns expressed by the executive branch.

The sports betting bill starts in the House Regulatory Reform Committee, but he expects it to advance swiftly to Ways and Means.

Iden previously told LSR that he intends for sports betting to join his package of gambling bills in Ways and Means, and to push them toward passage together in June.