Gambling bills before Maine lawmakers

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The sponsor of a bill to authorize three casinos in Maine, subject to a competitive bidding process, says the Legislature has an opportunity to lead rather than follow on how gaming develops in the state.

Democratic Rep. Linda Valentino of Saco told the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday that lawmakers "missed the boat" setting policy on gambling last year before the Oxford casino was approved by voters. But she says it's not too late to map out gambling's future rather than letting it be done by repeated referendums.

Another bill before the committee would allow a slot machine facility that was operating as of Jan. 1 to run a casino that includes table games. Hollywood Slots in Bangor is the only facility that fits that description.

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Good Idea

She has a very good point, Every where else in the US that has legalized gambling over the past decade and a half have let the gambling companies fight for the right to use locations. That means that big, legitimate gambling operators had to offer up million,s sometimes (as in the case of Indiana) even billions of dollars in up front money and attendance and betting revenue. Small towns were upgraded, roads repaired, new schools built. And when those gambling operators leave, they will leave behind those improvements. What is Maine getting from the Oxford Casino? So far it's s scaled down plan that does not have the systems to properly handle sewage and drainage issues that it creates. She is right we missed the boat, but that's right in line with the current administration, giving our state away on promises from corporate entities that will never be held responsible for not living up to those vows.


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