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Sports betting now legal in Michigan

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 10:52:59-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Whitmer signed bipartisan legislation on Friday that makes sports betting in Michigan legal.

Revenue from online gaming and sports betting will go back to the schools and first responders.

"My top priority in signing this legislation was protecting and investing in the School Aid Fund, because our students deserve leaders who put their education first," said Whitmer. "Thanks in part to the hard work and leadership of Senator Hertel and Representative Warren, these bills will put more dollars in Michigan classrooms and increase funding for firefighters battling cancer. This is a real bipartisan win for our state.”

According to the release, the Michigan Department of Treasury estimates that this legalization will bring in $19 million in new revenue to Michigan.

And, this additional revenue will bolster the School Aid Fund by $4.8 million and invest an additional $4 million into the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund (FRPCF).

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