AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills’ veto on a sports betting bill still stands.
The Maine Senate voted last week in favor of overriding that veto but the bill failed to get the two-thirds vote needed in the House of Representatives Tuesday.
The representatives’ 85-57 vote means wagering on sports games will not be allowed in the Pine Tree State.
The sports betting bill’s sponsor, Sen. Louis Luchini, D-Ellsworth, said this encourages the illegal market.
“It’s something that we know is happening in the state of Maine and we know that it’s coming in a matter of time. We had a chance to kind of lead the way and do it proactively but I’m hoping we’re not one of the last states to do it,” Luchini said.
A total of 95 votes were needed to approve the measure.