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Maine Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto on Sports Betting

February 8, 2020 | Government

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Senate kept alive a proposal to allow sports betting in the state, voting 20-10 Thursday to override the governor’s veto, The Associated Press reported Thursday. The bill now faces a vote in the House, likely next week.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills vetoed the bill last month, saying she was “unconvinced” that the majority of Mainers were ready to “legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events.

The bill would allow casino operators, off-track betting facilities, Native American tribes and harness racing tracks to host sports betting with wagering taxed at 10%. Online and mobile betting would be taxed at 16%.

People recognize that there’s this big illegal market. Setting up a regulatory system would offer consumer protections and a safe way to gamble on sports, while generating revenue for the state,” said Sen. Louis Luchini, who sponsored the bill.

According to AP Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, said he is willing to work with the governor to tweak the bill to address her concerns if it becomes law.

The Senate’s vote to override Mills’ veto — by a single vote — sends the proposal to the House, where another two-thirds majority vote would be needed to become law. The previous House approval last year came without a roll call vote, so it’s unclear what sort of hurdle the bill could face in that chamber.

SOURCE: The Associated press.