Maine Lawmakers Back Tribal Rights To Online Sports Betting

By Caleb Symons (April 18, 2022, 9:49 PM EDT) -- Maine's House of Representatives advanced legislation Friday that would legalize online sports betting and give Native communities the exclusive rights to that industry — part of a broader push to expand tribal authority in the state.

The governor-backed proposal, which garnered an 81-53 majority in the House, would add Maine to the growing list of states that allow mobile sports gambling.

But unlike in other places, the legislation — L.D. 585 — would give Native American tribes sole control of that industry and restrict other businesses, such as casinos and harness-racing tracks, to in-person sports betting only. Maggie Dana, chief of...

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