Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:12

Supreme court opens door for sports betting Featured

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Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court basically gave states the go-ahead to begin regulating sports betting.

Any gambling in Maine, though, still has to be approved by legislative action.  And at least one legislator believes the next group of lawmakers will be dealing with a lot of sports betting bills.The American Gaming Association estimates illegal

 

betting brings in 150 billion dollars every year across the country. And, although any betting is regulated by the Maine Gambling Control Board, the first stop for any gambling proposals is the legislature. "I expect there'll be several bills brought

 

before the next legislature to legalize sports gambling," said Maine State Representative Louie Luchini, (D) - Ellsworth. Luchini is the house chairperson of the legislative committee overseeing gambling. Already, gambling is allowed at off-track

 

betting parlors, harness racing ovals, and two casinos in Maine. "So that's a really big decision for states now. And it's going to let them have a pretty broad range of potential options for sports betting," Luchini said during a Tuesday morning

 

interview in Ellsworth. Some of the major players in the sports betting industry are expected to make moves to create maine's market. But it won't be a smooth road to legalized sports gambling in this state. Luchini said, "I think anytime you talk

 

about expansion of gambling, you also have to talk about the potential negative social costs." While other states ramped up for the potential of just such a ruling from the Supreme Court, Maine may be lagging behind to some extent. "Over

 

the next few months, the industry will be reaching out to Maine legislators, to Maine regulators. They're going to push forward some ideas," said Luchini. When the next legislature begins its session in January, you can count on sports betting

 

to be at the top of its' stack of bills. You can bet on it.

 

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.