A former senator from Michigan says that despite the recent veto actions of outgoing governor Rick Snyder, sports betting and online gambling will become legal in the state.
Snyder surprised many when he took the step of refusing to sign off House Bills 4926, 4927 and 4928. The Bills had been passed by both the House and Senate at the end of 2018.
But writing in the Detroit News, Mike Kowall, who was Senate Majority Leader until this month, and who was a co-sponsor of the betting legalisation bills put forward by Brandt Iden, predicts that despite the opposition from the outgoing governor, he expects gambling bills to be passed.
Kowall writes that the coalition of Democrat and Republican legislators who were supporting the legalization of online gambling and sports betting was too big to ignore, and he urged lawmakers and those who support gambling legalization to reiterate the potential financial benefits of sports betting and online gambling to new governor Gretchen Whitmer, who was sworn in on January 1. The former senator also said that online gambling could offer a revenue boost to existing casinos.
Kowall, who was unsuccessful in gaining a seat in the US Congress at the 2018 November elections also wrote that many Michigan residents were currently betting with unregulated, offshore operators and that legalisation would provide a greater degree of protection for consumers and minors.
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