MISSION STATEMENT - "The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."
The Michigan Gaming Control Board serves Michigan citizens by licensing and regulating commercial casinos in Detroit, their suppliers and employees, regulating pari-mutuel horse racing, licensing and regulating "millionaire party" charitable gaming and overseeing Native American casinos in Michigan.
In November 1996, Michigan voters approved Proposal E, effectively authorizing three licensed casinos to be built in Detroit. Proposal E was later substantially improved and strengthened, then signed into law as the Michigan Gaming Control & Revenue Act.
In 2009, the governor issued Executive Order 45 authorizing all of the authority, powers, duties, and functions of the Office of Racing Commissioner to the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board effective January 2010.
On April 11, 2012, Governor Snyder signed Executive Order 2012-4 resulting in more effective regulation of certain charitable games. This Executive Order transfers regulation of "millionaire parties" from the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery's Charitable Gaming Division to the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Regulation of other forms of charitable gaming such as bingo and raffles remains with Lottery.
Native American tribes are sovereign nations. As such, the State of Michigan does not have general regulatory authority over Indian casinos, although the State does have oversight authority over compliance with the State-Tribal Compact provisions. They are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission and the government of the appropriate tribal community.