House gives approval to plan, sends it to Senate
The Michigan House has approved a plan to regulate online gaming, including an amendment submitted by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to direct 5 percent of revenue from gaming to the School Aid Fund.
VanderWall, of Ludington, supported the measure, which will allow online gambling only through currently existing land-based casinos, including any tribal casino that reworks its compact with the state to reflect the new technology.
“This plan will generate a great deal of revenue for the state, and I wanted to ensure that our schools would be able to benefit from this,” VanderWall said. “Part of the state lottery proceeds are dedicated to fund Michigan schools, and online gambling should contribute to schools as well.”
A total of 10 percent of the tax revenue will be split between the School Aid Fund and the Michigan Transportation Fund for local and state road projects, VanderWall said.
The Michigan websites will have strict oversight, unlike unregulated and illegal sites now used by some residents, VanderWall said. Only those 21 and older could play, and the websites will have built-in safety features.
The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.