Measure will make it safer to play casino games online
The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden to regulate internet gaming in Michigan.
Rep. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, said his measure will allow online gaming only through currently existing land-based casinos, including any tribal casino that reworks its compact with the state to reflect the new technology.
“People in Michigan are already gambling over the internet, but they are doing so at risky and illegal websites,” Rep. Iden said. “The Michigan websites will have strict state oversight, unlike the illegal and unregulated sites our resident use now, at great risk to their finances and personal information.”
Only those 21 and older could play, and the websites would have built-in safety features.
Rep. Iden said another benefit of legalizing online gambling is the increase in state revenue.
“Our plan calls for 8 percent of gross gaming revenue to go to the state and local communities, the School Aid Fund and the Michigan Transportation Fund,” Rep. Iden said. “We are boosting revenue for essential public services without asking for more money through general taxes.”
The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.