Maine Senate Overrides Mills' Veto On Sports Betting

Feb 6, 2020

The State Senate has voted to override Gov. Janet Mills’ veto of legislation that would allow sports gambling in Maine.

Democratic Senator Louis Luchini of Ellsworth says many of the concerns raised by opponents of the measure, including casino operators, have not played out in other states that have implemented similar laws.

“Many of the fears suggested by the brick and mortar casinos and their lobby, like cannibalization and job loss, just do not come to fruition," says Luchini. "In fact, just the opposite is true.”

Legislation would allow sports betting in the state through the existing two casinos, and also through off track betting parlors, the commercial harness racing tracks and the state’s two major Indian tribes.

The vote to override was 20-10, but the House will need a two-thirds vote in order for the measure to become law.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills vetoed the bill last month, saying she was "unconvinced" that Mainers were ready to "legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events." The House will now take up the proposal.

Maine Sen. Scott Cyrway, a Republican from Albion, says “The legalization before us is bad for Maine. It is the wild, wild west of sports betting.”