The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association says the state is trying to skirt a court ruling that suspended new rules on charity poker games.
According to Gongwer News Service, the Gaming Control Board implemented emergency rules on Wednesday to ensure rules were in place after new rules were suspended by the Court of Claims in May.
Dave Murray, a spokesman for Governor Rick Snyder, says the emergency rules are not identical to the rules the court suspended, but they go beyond the older rules. He says the emergency rules are similar to the rules that were rescinded by the now suspended new rules.
But Stephanie Van Koevering, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, disagreed and says the group sees the emergency rules as similar to the rules the court suspended.
She says (quote) "The governor's office has taken an unprecedented approach trying to skirt the court ruling."
The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, which brought the initial challenge to the rules, is asking the court to review the emergency rules.
The new rules limit the number of events a charity venue could hold and the stipulate the number of charity members that must be at the event.