The four Wabanaki tribes and Governor Janet Mills support a bill that would give the tribes exclusive rights to the Maine mobile sports betting market. The governor’s office said it was a concession with the tribes.
The Wabanaki Tribes want the same rights enjoyed by other tribes. The tribes saw it as an opportunity on how to be a bookie in the state. However, the proposed bill faced opposition from casino operators and other stakeholders. It is a time when pro teams open stadium sportsbooks.
On Thursday, representatives from tribes told the Judiciary Committee that the proposed bill is not a viable alternative for a redesign of the compact between the state and the tribes that drew more than 1,000 voices of support during a public hearing held recently. Instead, it is a step toward becoming a bookie in the state.
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Representative Rachel Talbot supports the new bill. Also, the Mills administration and the tribes agreed to the bill.
Hinton is alluding to the tribal gaming preclusion remembered for the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, the Wabanaki’s general arrangement is currently attempting to change.
Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis says the gaming preclusion stripped the Maine clans of a monetary improvement apparatus utilized by other Native American countries across the United States and, with that, denied them a way to financial self-assurance.
Every individual who affirmed on the side of the bill Thursday said the gaming arrangement is a little admission to Maine’s Wabanaki clans as they look for more extensive concurrence with the Mills organization on the Settlement Act.