Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Maine Lawmakers Approve Slots On Penobscot Reservation In Maine

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Maine lawmakers approved a bill that would allow 100 slot machines on the Penobscot Indian reservation and now it is up to Governor John Baldacci to approve or veto the bill.

The state of Maine's Senate approved the bill last week by a margin of 23-12 and the House by a vote of 98-34. Should the governor veto the bill, the House and Senate would need a 2/3 vote to override the veto.

A referendum for slots on land that the Passamaquoddy Tribe had an option to purchase was rejected by county voters in November. Slot machines are currently allowed in Maine at Penn National's Hollywood Slots, which opened in 2005.

Note: Maine's Governor John Baldacci later vetoed the bill and the House failed to override the governor's veto. Baldacci restated his position that any expansion of gaming must be approved by voters through by referendum.

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