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2017 House Bill 4611: Facilitate horse race gambling by cell phone
Introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on May 11, 2017
To establish a new kind of horse race gambling license called a third party facilitator license, for persons who facilitate off-track betting on live and simulcast horseraces. This is said to facilitate using cell phones to place bets.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on May 11, 2017
Reported in the House on May 17, 2017
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Dan Lauwers (R) on May 23, 2017
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2017
Amendment offered by Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) on May 23, 2017
To increase the amount of horserace license and related revenue earmarked to a problem-gambler's program intended to provide treatment, prevention, education, training, research, and evaluation of pathological gamblers.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on May 23, 2017
Received in the Senate on May 24, 2017
Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on May 24, 2017
Reported in the Senate on June 13, 2017
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on December 20, 2018
To add restrictions limiting winnings on off-track betting by linking them to the actual race stakes.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 20, 2018
Received in the House on December 20, 2018
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018

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