Maine House rejects online casino bill

Maine House rejects online casino bill

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Maine House rejects online casino bill

A bill that would have authorized online gambling in the state was voted down by the Maine House of Representatives last week. 

Representative Laura Supica introduced the bill, LD1777, in 2023. Its goal was to grant the Wabanaki Nations tribe the sole authority to run online casinos in Maine.

Even though the vote was initially close, the bill was ultimately defeated by a greater margin. Opponents of the idea said that cutting out commercial casinos from the online market would hurt the state’s already-existing casinos.

The initiative was opposed by Steve Silver, the chairman of the Maine Gambling Control Board, who thought it would result in job losses and a reduction in tax revenue from the state’s casinos. He referenced research from Maryland that demonstrated that the legalization of online gambling resulted in a ten percent drop in revenue for physical casinos.

Concerns over the influence of online casinos on gambling addiction were also voiced by Silver. He brought up an instance in Connecticut where the number of calls to the state’s hotline for problem gamblers increased fourfold following the legalization of online gambling.

Silver was in favor of legalizing online gambling even though he opposed it; nonetheless, he recommended that the bill be changed to cover all casinos and to reevaluate the tax and regulatory requirements.

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