Online gambling chatter has ramped in recent days in both Massachusetts and Michigan.
What’s going on in Massachusetts on iGaming?
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is planning to meet on Thursday. On the agenda: iGaming.
— Sara Friedman (@SaraEFriedman) November 30, 2016
The discussion might just be an update on where things stand in the state.
The state is not actively considering legislation, but the MGC has been thinking about the topic for some time. A law enacted earlier this year created the Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports.
MGC Chairman Steve Crosby serves on the body and is responsible for providing the update on online gambling on Thursday. What he will say of substance — if anything — is unknown.
Regardless, Massachusetts is definitely on the watch list possibly to act on iGaming in 2017.
What’s going on in Michigan on iGaming?
It’s not actually clear if anything tangible is occurring behind the scenes in Michigan, where online gambling talks materialized almost out of nowhere in the legislature earlier this year.
A bill reached the full Senate in June, but progress on the legislation stalled.
Nevertheless, the statehouse is in session now, with at least a chance online gambling is considered.
Michigan could vote on iPoker bill tomorrow. Please urge the MI Senate to support ASAP https://t.co/Cong5XKkS7
— PokerPlayersAlliance (@ppapoker) November 30, 2016
Despite that tweet from the PPA, there’s not much evidence of a real push for iGaming taking place in Michigan in December. The safer money is for a renewed effort in 2017.
Everywhere else on hiatus
While there are chances of action in Massachusetts and Michigan, nothing is likely to occur in other states until next year:
- After substantial momentum in Pennsylvania this year, an online gambling bill is on hiatus.
- A New York online poker bill passed the Senate this year but stalled in the Assembly. Nothing is likely to occur until sometime next year.
- Discussions on iPoker legislation continued in California, with uncertain prospects for next year.
Still, there are more states with a real possibility of passing iGaming legislation than at almost any point in US history.