The House had given the measure more than a two thirds vote earlier in the process, but only 80 members voted to override Gov. Janet Mill’s veto of the legislation that would allow Maine tribes to build and operate gaming facilities.

For decades, Maine’s tribes have sought state approval of tribal gaming. This year they were hoping they would finally get state approval, but Governor Mills vetoed the legislation. The House failed to override her veto. Republican representative Joseann Dolloff of Milton Township argued the Governor was right to veto the bill.

Some suggested the proposal should go to referendum, but earlier referenda votes opposed tribal gaming. Tribal supporters argued the bill was carefully crafted to meet the concerns raised by the Governor and others, but they failed to convince enough members to override the veto. What is likely is the tribes will not give up and will again pursue state authorization for gaming.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.