LANSING, Mich. (AP) – New legislation would let charitable gambling events continue in Michigan once emergency rules expire this summer.

Republicans Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge and Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville say their bills would put into law emergency rules in place since a judge barred the Michigan Gaming Control Board from enforcing other rules restricting the activities.

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The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association and several charities sued last year to block enforcement of the rules, which they say will cost millions of dollars in revenue.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration says charity poker rooms have run amok and need tighter oversight.

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Both sides are awaiting a ruling from the Court of Appeals.

The gambling board has said it has no intention of shutting down licensing when the emergency rules expire in July.


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