New Legislation Allows Charitable Gaming to Continue

New legislation allows charitable gambling events to continue in Michigan once emergency rules expire this summer.

Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge and representative Tom Barrett of Potterville say their bills would put into law emergency rules since a judge barred the Michigan Gaming Control Board from enforcing other rules restricting the activities.

The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association and other charities sued last year to block enforcement of the rules, which they say would cost millions of dollars in revenue.

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says charity poker rooms have run amok and need tighter oversight.

Both sides are waiting a ruling from the court of appeals.