New bill requires casinos to use winnings for child support - WNEM TV 5

New bill requires casinos to use winnings for child support

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A new bill would require casinos to take care of overdue child support bills from a person's winnings before giving them the leftover cash.

The joy of winning at the casino could be short lived if someone owes child support. State legislators are considering a bill that would require casinos to check and see if big winners owe child support.

If that's the case, a person's winnings would go straight to the friend of the court, instead of their pocket. The measure is called the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act. A state House committee approved the bill last week.

Most residents TV5 spoke to said they support the legislation, but other people think the state should let a gambler enjoy their lucky day. 

If the legislation becomes law it would not have an effect on Native American casinos like Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant and Saganing Casino in Standish. However, state lawmakers said they will encourage those casinos to adopt a similar measure. 

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