Sports betting and online gambling legalization bill has been approved by Michigan lawmakers and the only thing that stops the bill from becoming law is Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s signature.
State Senators have already approved the revised drafts of online gambling, sports betting and daily fantasy sports bills. Following the revisions, the bill was sent back to the House Of Representatives for concurrence where it made its way through.
Now with Gov Whitmer’s signature the sports betting and online gambling would be legal in Michigan. However, it is expected that the state would not be able to roll out legalized sports betting and online gambling offerings until March 2020.
This is not the first time a bill that calls for legalizing sports betting and online gambling has made its way to the governor’s table. Last Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed online gambling legislation.
It is expected that Gov. Whitmer, who has already said that he would sign sports betting and online gambling bill if approved by the lawmakers. Gov. Whitmer could sign the bill by next week.
Following the governor’s signature, the state gambling regulator, the Michigan Gaming Control Board will get to the task of formulating the regulatory framework for sports betting and online gambling.
Moreover, the Gaming Control Board will have to monitor the licensing process for the two casino operators and the tribal casinos – 23 of them – in Michigan. The gambling regulator will also have to approve the gambling technology partners of the authorized venues.
Experts say that the gambling regulator could green signal the launch of sports betting operations before the March Madness next year.
As per the approved sports betting bill, a casino operator will be allowed to operate only one online sports betting site. The approved online gambling legislation an operator can have a maximum of two different online casino/poker brands, “1 for each of interactive poker and other casino-style games.”
With the bills approved and if signed by the state governor, Michigan would be the fifth US state to permit online casino gambling joining the club with Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
After the US government legalized sports gambling last year, 19 US states excluding Michigan have already legalized sports betting. 13 states have already launched sports betting operations.