Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Office NCAA Pools

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Getting ready to fill out your N-C-A-A basketball brackets?

If there's cash involved, technically you're breaking the law in Michigan. And a state lawmaker says that's absurd.

Representative Kim Meltzer -- a Republican from Macomb County's Clinton Township -- plans to introduce legislation that would decriminalize participation in an N-C-A-A tournament office pool.

Under current Michigan law, placing as little as five dollars in a tournament pool could be punished with up to a one-thousand dollar fine or a year in jail. The law is rarely -- if ever -- enforced, at least for the typical office pool.

Police agencies and prosecutors say they have bigger things to worry about than small-stakes pools based on the tournament.

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