Governor Janet Mills Vetoes Bill to Legalize Sports Betting in Maine

13 Jan 2020

On Friday, January 10th, the Governor of Maine, US has declared a veto against the bill introduced in 2019 which acts to legalize sports betting within the state. Governor Janet Mills released her letter with more details on why she remains unconvinced on introducing sports betting to the target market.

The letter opens with an explanation of the reason why sports gambling could lead to potential threats to the state. A potential for black market activity could come into practice and that Maine would be unable to support or promote such an activity at this time. Especially when it comes to betting on competitive athletic events. Mills further makes a point that more examination should be made into the matter before any final decisions are made. A proposal to look into the experiences of other states is the first idea suggested. This way, they can carefully plan out what the best approach for Maine could be on this subject. Of course, there is also the need to protect young gamblers for getting involved and those who are also likely to develop gambling-related disorders.

While the bill was first registered back in 2019, Mills elected more time on the subject before a decision could be made. The beginning of 2020 marks the elected time on where to go from here. She has also opted to retain the option to allow the bill to be authorized without her full signature.

Mills keeps to the same mind throughout the veto letter, but she also makes some unique perspectives in why she is staying strong with her stance, saying “while legalized sports gambling may attract some revenue to the state coffers, the same economic premise in theory would justify legalizing all forms of gambling: betting on the weather, spelling bees and school board elections, for instance.”

More details will be revealed within the coming year on the final decision for Maine’s sports betting.

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