Michigan Casinos Apprehensive On Parimutuel ‘Smartphone’ Bing Bill, Michigan State lawmakers are acting with caution about a bill. The bill introduced early this month seeking to legalize the use of mobile applications that would be downloaded on users’ phones enabling them to access pari-mutuel betting.
According to the bill, it will be easy for bettors to access their favorite sport and placing a bet via their phone without necessarily visiting a casino where they can physically place their bets.
According to Dan Lauwers, the state representative who authored House Bill 4611, the reason why he thought it prudent to draft the bill is that when one visits gaming facilities in Michigan State.
It is evident to see empty seats at horse racetracks, which is something that would pain any serious casino investor, as well as a state official w ho, is worried about how and where the state can find enough money to do its development projects.
Lauwers says that the only legitimate and ingenious way to fill the gap of empty seats in various horse racetracks is to introduce what is found inside the horse tracks but whose aim is to draw people to the very venues they have deserted.
Although the number of those who visit various horse tracks is not pleasing, casino operators are still adamant about the position of the legislators who want to introduce a far way of placing bets on their mobile devices.
Using Bill 4611, Michigan lawmakers want to find a great route that will finally allow them to amend the 1995 Horse Racing Law of Michigan State, which currently required all bettors who are interested in pari-mutuel games to be physically present at a horse racetrack to take part in the betting process.
If the bill is finally adopted the way it is and the Horse Racing Law amended to the best collective knowledge of the legislators, bettors will find it easy to place their bets from the comfort of their couches.
However, specific app providers will have to go through a thorough scrutiny to allow them to offer betting services, which will result in gambler placing bets on their favorite sports from wherever they may be within Great Lakes State.
House Bill 4611 was introduced barely a week ago. By now, it should have moved to the next step under normal circumstances. In fact, as of Thursday last week, the bill would have been on the House floor for a further deliberation and voting, but the legislature seems to be dragging the matter.
Because of this unnecessary slow pace, the House has pushed all activities regarding House Bill 4611 to a further date, maybe next week.
Currently, the State of Michigan under the 1995 law, does not tax live horse racing. Although it has not mentioned in Lauwers’ draft as one of the intentions of the bill, gaming operators aligned to horse racetracks are apprehensive that if the law will finally be amended, there is a likelihood that tax on live horse track racing might be introduced.
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