Maine lawmakers introduced seven sports betting bills this session, and on Monday, whittled that quantity down to one particular, a shell bill that reportedly will consist of bits of the other people bill and will probably consist of some kind of mobile sports betting.

According to the Portland Press Herald, the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs will devote the subsequent handful of weeks refining what it desires sports betting to appear like with the purpose of submitting a complete bill to the state legislature by the finish of the month.

Just about every New England state is entertaining sports betting in the course of this legislative season, but only Rhode Island has legal sports betting. Rhode Island legalized sports betting at brick-and-mortar facilities final summer time and added state-wide mobile earlier this year. In Massachusetts, lawmakers have filed about a dozen bills and Governor Charlie Baker says he desires sports betting legalized. The state’s Joint Financial Improvement and Emerging Technologies Committee has a hearing set for Might 28. Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Connecticut have been avidly discussing the situation, but no meaningful action has been taken, and a study bill in Vermont has been languishing in committee.

ME bill probably to consist of mobile

Maine lawmakers have not however set a tax price for sports betting, and are considering  prohibiting betting on youth and, potentially, e-sports and enabling sports betting to take spot at OTBs and tribal higher-stakes bingo halls, according to the Press Herald.

Monday’s hearing was comparable to quite a few across the nation in that some lawmakers opposed sports betting on the grounds that any gambling expansion will lead to a lot more residents building gambling addictions, when proponents argued that there is currently an illegal black marketplace in the state.

“I positive as heck do not want somebody’s grocery dollars going towards this,” Representative Josanne Dolloff (R-District 115)  told the Press Herald. 

On the flip side, Committee Chairman and bill sponsor Senator Louis Luchini (D-District 7) told WSN: “I’ve talked to a lot of individuals, who, since Maine has casinos and they permit gambling, they want to be capable to go spot a bet on the Patriots or the Red Sox.

“And so I’ve heard a lot of individuals who are interested in expanding like quite a few other states are hunting at.”

Sports betting will not be a significant dollars maker for Maine, which with a population of just 1.three million, and is ranked No. 42 in terms of size. The Maine Gambling Manage Unit, which regulates the state’s casino market, estimates  $380,000 in annual tax income, according to the Press Herald.