Turning to Michigan casinos to help collect unpaid child support

May 25, 2014

In the future, parents who fail to pay their child support might be risking more at Michigan casinos than they realize.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A state House committee recently approved a package of bills to streamline and improve child support collection. One of the bills would require casinos in

Michigan to check to see if big winners owe back child support. Casinos already check to see if big winners owe back taxes.

Ken Kurtz is a state representative from Coldwater. He says this would not be a major inconvenience for casino operators.

“It’s a registry that the Department of Human Services must create so they can push that next button on the computer to find out whether this person has a child support arrearage that needs to be taken care of,” says Kurtz.

The legislation only applies to Detroit’s three casinos. Kurtz would like to see tribal casinos in Michigan adopt the same rule.