Michigan House Passes Sports Betting, Internet Gambling Legislation

The package of bills now moves to the Senate.

WWJ News
October 30, 2019 - 7:37 pm

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LANSING (WWJ) -- The Michigan State House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a package of bills that would legalize sports betting, internet gaming and gambling on fantasy sports, though it is not clear whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will veto it if it reaches her desk.

The main bill, HB 4916, passed with a vote of 63-45. The package of bills now moves to the Senate.

That bill would call for an 8.75% tax on sports betting, though Whitmer has said in the past that rate is too low. Detroit casinos would be taxed 3.25%, while the online betting tax would start at 4% and eventually be increaded to 23%.

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Kalamazoo is the lead sponsor of the bill package and said the sports betting tax could generate up to $30 million in revenue, according to the Detroit Free Press. 

More than 10 states have passed sports gambling legislation, including Indiana, after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on gambling in May 2018.

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