Representative Brandt Iden

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Discussions to expand gambling options in the state to include sports betting and online gaming have been put on hold until Michigan has a budget. 

A package of bills would expand gambling options in the state – and allow for things like online gaming and sports betting. All the bills are now waiting in the House Ways and Means committee for further action once the contentious budget process is over.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Plans to make Michigan a sports betting state are moving through the state Legislature. A package of bills is scheduled to be voted out of a House committee Tuesday.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is concerned that expanding gambling in Michigan – including through legalized sports betting – will take away from the School Aid Fund. She says people could end up playing the lottery less. A portion of the lottery revenue goes to schools.

Bill sponsor, Representative Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Township) said that’s not the case.