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Maine Legislators Reviews Proposal to Place Slot Machines at Horse Racing Tracks

On April 24th, 2009, legislators in the state of Maine are meeting to try and work out the details of the different gaming bills that have been proposed. The gaming proposals range from placing slot machines at horse racing tracks to non-profit gambling without licenses. The House's Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee will study these issues.

One bill calls for charitable organizations to be permitted to feature games of luck at their fundraising events without having to acquire a license. Another proposal is an attempt to restart a bill that has already been dismissed by Main voters. The plan calls for a casino facility to be constructed in which 40% of the revenue would go to Maine.

The original gaming plan calls for the casino facility to be constructed in Oxford. The Passamaquoddy Tribe has expressed interest in the discussion as well. One of the proposals would permit the tribe to manage up to one hundred slot machines on its reservation in Washington County.

Oxford County is also the location of a gaming proposal to allow slot machines at both a commercial track and tribal racing track in the county. Gaming expansion has been a hotly contested topic all over the US.


Sunday, 03 May 2009
Alex Van Der Butz