Maine's Governor Vetoes Sportsbetting Bill

Maine's governor Janet Mills vetoed a bill this week that would have legalized sportsbetting within the state's boundaries.

Mills said that while she admired the intent of the bill, but didn't think that the residents of Maine are ready for sportsbetting to be legal. The bill will now effectively be tabled, unless lawmakers vote to push the bill through with a supermajority. This is unlikely, and for the time being (likely until Mills is out), sportsbetting won't be legal in The Pine Tree State.

Speaking about her decision Mills noted: "I believe this bill is a good effort by those who wish to bring out into the open a black market activity that is practiced by many now and who want to regulate that activity without over-regulating or overtaxing it so as to drive it back underground. The bill is a step forward towards achieving that delicate balance."

"But, respectfully, I remain unconvinced at this time that the majority of Maine people are ready to legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events."

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14 January 2020 - 8:01pm
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Mills said that while she admired the intent of the bill, but didn't think that the residents of Maine are ready for sportsbetting to be legal.

Hopefully the governor thinks entirely for the Maine's punters here or maybe I'm getting some of that wrong but it's one of the most stupid reasons for vetoing a bill I've had ever heard...they're just not ready!!!...so when they will be...ready? When the governor fancies the bill enough...politicians...🤮🤮🤮

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