Michigan Online Gambling Bill To Wait One More Year
Many say Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed against the online gambling bill in the state of Michigan is a petty move. The truth is the state won’t have legal online gambling within the next year after Rick Snyder vetoed the bill. Snyder’s decisions on several bills were mostly negative, and that includes the online betting bill. He said lack of clarity regarding budgeting and revenue was the issue. What bothers most people is that the Governor is on his way out of office, but he insisted “he’s protecting the Michigan Lottery.” For him, the Michigan Lottery will suffer a significant impact if the bill passes.
“The veto pen came out for my entire gaming package, which is incredibly disappointing,” Michigan Rep. Brandt Iden said. “We had no idea this was coming. We had all the stakeholders supportive of the package and we had alleviated any concerns, so this is a very surprising outcome.” Iden plans to reintroduce the online gambling bills when Michigan begins the 2019 legislative session in January. The issue is this one becomes a priority starting the New Year.
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“I think it’s unfair because you’re taking a state entity like the lottery and trying to compare it to the free-market system of other online gaming platforms,” Iden added. “If your problem is a concern for the lottery, you’re never going to be comfortable with an iGaming bill because it impedes on the state’s monopoly on the lottery. That’s not a free-market approach.” Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will become the new governor in 2019. Her stance online gambling is unclear. The Democrats were in favor of the Michigan sports betting bill during the campaign. The Tax return is what makes it interesting for the politics.
“We’ve got great legislation, good bills that I worked on and vetted for two years,” Iden said. “We have a bill that folks agree on, that everyone feels they have a vested stake in. It’s a great place to start from. All I can do is hope that all the partners are willing to stick with the positive progress and bring it to fruition.” Iden added. “I’m going to need to do that again, but I’m fully prepared to do so and confident we will have a successful 2019.”
It took a long time to get here, and this is a bump in the road, but I’m confident it will get done.” New Jersey has cashed nearly $1 billion in gaming revenue since launching in 2013. Those numbers are higher now that the online sports betting industry became legal in New Jersey in 2018. Pennsylvania is the only state with both online lottery and online betting laws. Between 2020 and 2021 Michigan residents are expected to play legally online.