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Maine lawmakers to consider whether to allow sports gambling

January 15, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are poised to debate whether to allow Mainers to legally place bets sports games.

The Portland Press Herald reports that lawmakers could consider bills including allowing sports betting by Maine casinos or the state’s American Indian tribes.

Rhode Island is one of eight states the allow sports betting, and the only New England state to do so.

The newspaper reports that at least 30 other states have such bills in the works. A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturned federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting.

Few details of the Maine bills are available yet. Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson wants to prohibit gambling on Maine collegiate, minor league and high school teams.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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