Regulate Sports Wagering

Last updated: May 14, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Miscellaneous
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Troy Jackson, Senate 35 - York County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1657




This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to regulate, supervise and exercise general control over sports wagering in the State. The bill authorizes the board to issue licenses to casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities to conduct sports wagering. A licensee may either directly operate a sports wagering business or enter a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed management services provider to conduct sports wagering on its behalf.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of sports wagering, including rules defining permitted systems and methods of wagering on sports events, the adoption and posting of comprehensive house rules in every facility where sports wagers are accepted and on every electronic platform through which sports wagers are made, minimum design and security requirements for sports wagering facilities and electronic platforms and minimum internal control standards for the financial aspects of sports wagering operations.

The bill prohibits sports wagering operators, including management services providers, from accepting wagers on high school and minor league sports events as well as collegiate sports events in which any Maine college team participates. The bill also prohibits sports wagering operators from accepting wagers on a sports event from a person under 21 years of age, an athlete or official who participates in the sports event, an employee or owner of a team that is participating in the sports event, an employee of the sports wagering operator, the board or the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety and a person who is on a list established by the board of persons prohibited from placing wagers on sports events.

The bill requires distribution of 5% of net sports wagering revenue to the General Fund. An additional 5% of net sports wagering revenue must be collected and distributed to support licensed commercial tracks, licensed off-track betting facilities, the Sire Stakes Fund, the Agricultural Fair Support Fund and the fund to supplement harness racing purses.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports wagering operations that comply with the laws governing sports wagering.