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2017 Senate Bill 202: Exempt no-cash social media games from gambling ban

Public Act 41 of 2017

Introduced by Sen. Jack Brandenburg (R) on March 1, 2017 To establish that the state’s laws against gambling do not apply to a “social media internet game” that rewards players with either a free play or an extended period of playing time as a result of chance or uncertain event. The bill excludes “fantasy sports” games from its provisions; see also Senate Bill 203.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on March 1, 2017
Reported in the Senate on March 16, 2017 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate on March 22, 2017.
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(same description)
To establish that the state’s laws against gambling do not apply to a “social media internet game” that rewards players with either a free play or an extended period of playing time as a result of chance or uncertain event. The bill excludes “fantasy sports” games from its provisions; see also Senate Bill 203.
Received in the House on March 22, 2017
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on March 22, 2017
Reported in the House on April 19, 2017 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Brandt Iden (R) on April 27, 2017 To clarify details of the "rewards" that would be permitted.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 27, 2017
Passed 103 to 4 in the House on May 2, 2017.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To establish that the state’s laws against gambling do not apply to a “social media internet game” that rewards players with either a free play or an extended period of playing time as a result of chance or uncertain event. The bill excludes “fantasy sports” games from its provisions; see also Senate Bill 203.
Received in the Senate on May 4, 2017
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on May 23, 2017

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