A new Michigan law allows certain people who were once banned from gambling the ability to legally enter and gamble at Detroit casinos.
House Bill 4686, signed into law in October by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, amends the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act to allow a person to request removal of his or her name from the list of Disassociated Persons maintained under the act.
Public Act 69, enacted in 1997, provided for the creation of a “Disassociated Persons” list for the voluntary participation of problem gamblers who wish to make it illegal for themselves to enter a casino. Placement on this list is for the rest of the person’s life.
If a disassociated person is found at a casino, the person is immediately removed from the premises, any winnings are confiscated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board for deposit in the Compulsive Gaming Prevention Fund, and a criminal complaint for trespassing is filed. Currently, only three Detroit casinos are licensed by the state.
The new law allows a person who has been on the disassociated list for at least five years to submit a form to the Michigan Gaming Control Board to have his or her name removed from the list.
After receiving the form, the board would have to notify each casino licensee, the Department of the Attorney General, and the Department of State Police that the individual’s name has been removed from the list.
According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, there are a more than 4,600 people on the disassociated persons list, and between 10 and 12 disassociated gamblers are discovered at the casinos each month.
Approximately $540,000 in winnings has been seized from persons on the disassociated list over the last five years. Since 2005, more than $1 million has been seized and over 1,000 trespassing cases involving disassociated gamblers have been prosecuted.
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