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Sports bettors in Michigan can now make legal wagers

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By Angela Watson | Jan 4, 2020

Sports

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed into law a gaming bill that legalizes fantasy sports, internet gaming and sports betting. 

Until the law was passed, sports wagering was illegal and subsequently unregulated. Whitmer signed the legislation Dec. 20.

House Bill 4916 states: "It is in the best interest of this state and its citizens to regulate this activity, establishing a secure, responsible, fair and legal system of internet sports betting."

For a state that at times seems singularly sports-focused, it seems long overdue. 

“No longer will we remain on the sidelines, lose our competitive edge and miss out on a considerable amount of revenue,” said Rep. Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills) in a press release. “… We’re adapting to a rapidly growing entertainment demand from residents, protecting them in the process, and our local communities and school districts are coming out winners because of it.”

Former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed the effort last year.

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