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New House bill would tax mobile betting at 8 percent


By Hollie Ferguson | Sep 14, 2019

A new bill heard before the Regulatory Reform Committee Tuesday morning could expand the use of mobile sports betting in the state of Michigan. 

Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Kalamazoo) filed House Bill 4916, a bill that would tax statewide mobile betting at 8 percent and allow for betting to take place at casinos.

The bill goes in tandem with an online casino betting bill (HB 4311) which must also pass for HB 4916 to. The state of Michigan, who is losing bettors to neighboring states, needs to be competitive in its lawmaking, Iden said in an interview with SportsHandle

Michigan state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Kalamazoo) | Michigan House Republicans

Last December, then-Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a gaming law that would have helped make sports betting legal in casinos and mobile devices. Iden, like many others, travels for sports betting, giving disposable income to his neighboring state Indiana, reported SportsHandle. 

"I decided to go there, because like many people interested in gaming, I go where the options are," Iden said. "And, by the way, I filled up my gas tank, it was 10 cents cheaper, and I had lunch in Indiana. I spent all of my disposable income there.”

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