Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unnamed Developers Seek Constitutional Amendment for Eight New Casinos in Michigan

By Robert W. Stocker II

On April 3rd, a group of unnamed developers operating under the title "Citizens for More Michigan Jobs" obtained approval from the Michigan Board of State Canvassers as to the form of a petition to amend Michigan's constitution to permit the establishment of eight new land-based commercial casinos.

The petition proposal would place casinos on specifically described real estate in and around Detroit, Pontiac, and Flint in Southeast Michigan as well as in the Lansing and Grand Rapids metropolitan areas in central and western lower Michigan, providing direct competition to the three Detroit commercial casinos and several Native American casinos in central and western lower Michigan. The proponents must obtain at least 322,609 valid signatures by July 9th in order to have the constitutional amendment proposal placed on the November general election ballot.

Michigan currently has 22 Native American casinos located throughout the state as well as three commercial casinos in the city of Detroit. If all of these efforts to expand gaming in Michigan succeed, Michigan's casinos would expand by almost 50 percent from the 25 currently existing casinos to 34 casinos.