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On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for Maine to allow betting on sporting events, invalidating a federal law that prohibited such wagers in all but Nevada. But as Maine Public reported Monday, Maine lags far behind many other states in being able to quickly capitalize on that ruling. Upwards of 35 states that either have sports betting regulations in rulemaking or are ready to become law, but Maine Gambling Control Board Director Milton Champion told Maine Public's Steve Mistler that Maine isn't one of them. That sets the stage for a host of bills to be submitted when a new Legislature convenes in January, aiming to cash-in on the multibillion-dollar national jackpot expected from Monday's court ruling. Key questions lawmakers will likely debate include where such betting is allowed to take place, what the state's share of revenues might be, the minimum age for betting and whether wagers should be banned on college teams based in or playing in the state. Also, just like earlier debates on casinos, there will be those who'll agree with Justice Samuel Alito's acknowledgment in his ruling that “opponents contend that legalizing sports gambling will hook the young on gambling, encourage people of modest means to squander their savings and earnings, and corrupt professional and college sports."
Do you think Maine should allow betting on sporting events now that the Supreme Court has opened the door legally for states to enact their own rules?