Governor Janet Mills didn’t act on the Maine sports betting bill. It is part of around 40 bills approved by Maine lawmakers in the last week of the legislative session. In fact, the governor’s office has three days to sign or veto the bills.
If Governor Mills doesn’t do anything before the deadline, the bills will die. It is not the same in other states where bills automatically become laws if the governor doesn’t sign them. However, lawmakers will likely bring up the Maine sports betting bill once they return in January.
In a political forum, the governor said that the Legislature passed a significant number of bills during the last session. In addition, she said that it is her responsibility to review all of them and decide whether they are in the best interest of the residents of the state.
Maine Sports Betting Bill
Governor Mills wants to review the bills and collect more information about them. Also, she will act on them at the start of the next legislative session. Senator Louis Luchini told gambling news outlets that he is happy to work with the governor’s office regarding the Maine sports betting bill.
If the bill passes, it will allow casinos, off-track betting facilities, and race tracks to apply for sports wagering licenses. In addition, Senator Luchini said that he will take the time until the next session to make the bill better.
According to a pay per head bookie, Maine can get up to $4 million in revenues within two years from the sports betting bill. 1 percent of the proceeds will go to a problem gambling prevention fund.
Other bills held hostage by the governor include initiatives to provide college grants to homeless individuals and to improve the dental health of minors. In addition, the governor held up the bill to increase fees on opioid manufacturers.