Michigan Ready to “Take On The Government” Over Sports Betting

The Michigan state lawmaker who recently reintroduced a bill to legalize sports betting said he is optimistic for his chances of his bill to become law, although it may not happen in 2017.

“I understand the federal law prohibits [sports] gambling, but I am the kind of guy that’s willing to take on the government,” state Rep. Robert Kosowski told Legal Sports Report in an interview. Currently a federal law — PASPA — prevents single-game sports betting outside of Nevada while also allowing limited forms of wagering in three other states.

This week, Kosowski again introduced a bill that would allow his state’s casinos to take sports bets.That bill got a committee hearing in 2015, but didn’t reach the finish line. Kosowski said the reasons why he is pushing the bill this year remain the same, and they are practical in terms of revenue and policy.

Kosowski said the state has recently found more ways to charge its residents, including a gas tax that puts Michigan among the highest in the nation. Kosowski believes sports betting would be a good revenue stream for the state.

More at Legal Sports Report

Related Stories from This Week in Gambling:

  • Kahnawake Plan to Operator Online Sports Betting Site The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is today calling on the Senate of Canada to bring Bill C290 to an immediate vote. Their inaction on the bill continues to foster an illegal, unregulated and dangerous environment for Canadian sports bettors. On June 2 the Mohawk Council of […]
  • Michigan May Regulate Online Gambling This Year Cardplayer.com has been speaking to Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall and the online gambling bill creator is confident that the bill will pass by the end of the year. With the focus squarely on proceedings on the online gambling space in Pennsylvania, the state of Michigan has […]
  • RAWA Could Criminalizes Nevada Sports Bets A bill in Congress that would ban Internet gambling would inadvertently criminalize Nevada’s booming mobile sports wagering business, which has been credited with turning the Silver State’s sports books into a $3.9 billion-a-year industry. The measure, backed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. […]