The proposed Kewadin Lansing Casino would be comparable to Detroit's three casinos. (Courtesy: Kewadin Casino)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan voters in 2004 approved a measure that requires their consent for most types of casino and gambling expansion in the state.
That makes it difficult for most groups to open new casinos in the state, other than Native American tribes and the owners of Detroit's three commercial casinos.
Two rival groups want to open a combined 15 new casinos in the state. They hope to ask voters for approval in November. But they first must collect nearly 323,000 voter signatures just to make the ballot.
The organizations already face opposition from a coalition of existing casino owners.
Michigan has 25 casinos that do a combined business of roughly
$3 billion in the state each year.