The governor of Maine is reportedly shutting down the books of legalized betting in sports through the state.
This came after Janet Mills, the Democratic Gov. on Friday, Vetoed a bill that included the state in the rising list of states with legalized gambling for sports events.
Mills asserted that she persisted in being “unconvinced at this time that the majority of Maine people are ready to legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events.”
She feels that the state i obligated to take a thorough and investigative approach towards the legalized sports betting in the state to make a full proof decision. She looked at the darker side of sports gambling, which intrigued her towards the illegal events that circumvent the arena of sports betting.
She said that States should adopt an approach that could alleviate the illegal activities of gambling going on around the state. She also insisted on protecting the welfare of younger gamblers and those who are already marginalized financially as they are not prepared to afford these losses.
Mills said that
Before Maine joins the frenzy of states hungry to attract this market, I believe we need to examine the issue more clearly; better understand the evolving experiences of other states, and thoughtfully determine the best approach for Maine. That approach needs to balance the desire to suppress gambling activities now being conducted illegally and the need to protect youthful gamblers and those least able to absorb losses under a closely regulated scheme.
The bill could enable the off-track facilities for betting, tribes from America & India as well as casino operators to use the race tracks and conduct sports betting. Louis Luchini, D-Ellsworth, the one who sponsored the bill for sports betting, was disenchanted by the veto. He said he received a call from Mills regarding the decision while he was in San Diego at a state conference on Friday.