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Michigan Gaming Control Board Executive Director's Statement on Online Gaming and Sports Betting Rules Progress

Detroit, September 23, 2020The Michigan Gaming Control Board appreciates the feedback provided by stakeholders and the public on proposed rules for internet gaming and internet sports betting. Today, our agency completed a key step in the rulemaking process by holding a public hearing on the two sets of proposed rules.

The MGCB will consider the comments, make some proposed changes and submit the rules to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules and the Legislative Service Bureau for final review and certification in the next several days. Following certification, our agency expects MOAHR to submit the rules to the Michigan Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules in October. The rules must be before JCAR for 15 session days unless this requirement is waived.

Before online gaming can start, the agency must license applicants. The MGCB has limited ability to license before the rules go into effect. The licensing timetable also depends on the applicants and their delivery of complete and timely applications to us. Michigan must have at least one tribal and one commercial license approved before launch, which I hope can happen by late fall.

--Richard S. Kalm, executive director, MGCB

"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."