Michigan senator: Sports betting, online casino bills almost a done deal Matthew Kredell, Legal Sports Report · December 6, 2019 at 6:15 am Michigan residents may have an unexpected present under the tree this Christmas. State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. tells Legal Sports Report that negotiations between stakeholders and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to work out the details on sports betting and internet gambling bills are nearly complete. “Negotiations are going well,” Hertel said. “I fully expect the bills will be on the governor’s desk and signed before Christmas.” Hertel added that he anticipates having substitutes for the bills “that have largely been agreed upon by the stakeholders” ahead of Tuesday’s hearing in the Senate Reform Committee.