AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House has approved a bill to clarify a law requiring a minimum 100-mile distance between casinos, removing a potential roadblock for the planned Oxford County casino.

After minimal discussion Thursday, representatives approved the bill making clear that the distance be measured in road miles, not air miles. The bill had strong committee support and was given preliminary approval by the Senate earlier this week. Further House and Senate votes are required.

Passage is crucial to the proposed Oxford County casino, which was authorized by Maine voters in a referendum last November. Developers were concerned that ambiguity over the 100-mile requirement could threaten the $165 million Oxford project.

The proposed Oxford site is 125 miles by road from Bangor’s Hollywood Slots, but only 94 miles by air.


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