Gov. Whitmer signs bill legalizing sports betting in Michigan

Posted at 10:37 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 16:08:20-05

(WXYZ) — Governor Whitmer signed legislation legalizing sports betting and internet gaming in Michigan.

Revenue will support the school aid fund and First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund.

"My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our students deserve leaders who put their education first," said Whitmer. "Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase funding for firefighters battling cancer. This is a real bipartisan win for our state.”

The Michigan Department of Treasury estimates that this legalization will bring in $19 million in new revenue to Michigan. This additional revenue will bolster the School Aid Fund by $4.8 million and invest an additional $4 million into the FRPCF.

Additionally, this bill package allows tribal casinos to participate in online gaming and sports betting at an equal level to the Detroit casinos. This revenue will support important tribal community activities.

If you think you have a gambling problem, you can call the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 800-522-4700 or the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling at 517-672-6904.