Michigan online gambling hearing promises little progress

Michigan’s intrastate online gambling prospects appear dim – at least, for the immediate future – after all three Detroit casinos and at least one of the state’s gaming tribes expressed opposition to new legislation.

On Wednesday morning, the Michigan House of Representatives’ Regulatory Reform Committee held an informational hearing on the new HB 4926 online gambling bill introduced this week by Committee chairman Rep. Brandt Iden (pictured).

Iden started the proceedings off with a prediction that “iGaming will become law in the state of Michigan” although he qualified that this “will not be a swift process” and no vote is expected on HB 4926 anytime soon.

At a different hearing on a different Michigan online gambling bill in March, Detroit’s three commercial casino operators – MGM Resorts, Motor City and Greektown – all expressed a neutral stance toward the bill. On Wednesday, all three operators sent notices that while they support the concept of online gambling, they oppose HB 4926 as introduced.

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