Maine lawmakers to consider legalizing sports betting

Lawmakers in Maine are expected to discuss whether to legalize sports betting in the 2019 legislative session.

According to a report from Press Herald, several sports betting bills that would legalize wagering on professional and collegiate sports are expected to be debated in the legislatures upcoming session.

There are not many details available on the bills just yet, but according to Press Herald’s report, the bills offer a range of ways to approach sports betting in Maine.

The report says that some bills would grant permission to casinos in the state to offer sports betting while others would allow federally recognized tribes to offer the activity.

Christine Kirby, a spokeswoman for Senate President Troy Jackson, said: “The general idea is to establish a regulatory structure for sports betting in Maine after the US Supreme Court ruling this past spring.

“It also gives the Gambling Control Board significant authority to regulate sports betting.”

If Maine does legalize sports betting it would become the second New England state and the ninth US state to offer sports betting.

At the moment, eight states have some form of legal sports betting, these states include Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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