Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee has approved three separate bills which has taken the process of legalization of sports betting in the state a step further.
There have been calls from lawmakers to legalize sports gambling before the Super Bowl. The three bills approved are quite similar to House Bill 4916 which calls for allowing both mobile and in-person sports wagering.
If approved and signed by the governor, the three commercial casinos, as well as the 23 Native American casinos in the state, could start offering sports betting even online.
Rep. Brandt Iden, a Republican, who has authored the bill said: “My goal is to have this up and running by the Super Bowl. Casinos are moving forward because they know it’s going to come to fruition at some point,” he recently told the regulatory committee.”
Earlier in March, when senior representative Brandt Iden introduced the sports gambling bill, reports emerged that the new Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer is not in favor of gambling expansion in the State. Those familiar with the matter have also said that the new governor was planning to sabotage the bill.
Gov. Whitmer has raised concerns that allowing online casino games in the State would hamper the lottery business in the State as it would cut into the market share of the lottery operators.
Several US states have legalized sports gambling since the US Supreme Court allowed individual states to regulate sports wagering last year. Recently, Iowa became the 11th US state to legalize and launch sports betting operations.