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April 10, 2018 - A proposed casino project by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has been rejected by the Maine House of Representatives by a vote of 73-67 opposed. ... Read more
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Maine rejects Indian casino proposal

April 10, 2018

A proposed casino project by the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has been rejected by the Maine House of Representatives. The lawmakers voted 73 to 67 against the proposed plan.

Democratic lawmakers provided 53 of the 67 votes in favor of the casino.

Rep. Henry John Bear is a non-voting member for the tribe and introduced House Order 58. He had asked the state's Supreme Judicial Court official opinion for tribal gaming.

There are currently four federally recognized tribes in Maine. As of now, there is no law in the state that allows for Native American tribes to operate table games or slot machines on their reservation land.

Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribes with federal recognition are allowed to operate bingo, pull tabs, and punch boards games. These types of games fall under the Class I and Class II gaming license. Las Vegas style gaming is not allowed unless there is approval from the state.

The Houlton Band wish to build a casino in order to provide better economic opportunities for the tribe.

Last year a bill was introduced by Sen. Benjamin Collings from Portland. The bill would have allowed for the creation of gaming compacts between the tribes and the state. The Native American owned casinos would have the opportunity to operate both table games and up to 1,500 slot machines.

However, the bill did not receive the needed support to progress on. As of now it is at a stand still.

This may be due to the casino opposition by residents. Last year a casino was proposed for York County. Less than 17 percent of voters gave approval. Overall residents in Maine do not approve casino projects. Constituents have made their concerns known to state lawmakers.

There are two casinos in Maine. They are Oxford Casino and Hollywood Casino Bangor. Table games are taxed at 16 percent at both casinos. The tax rate on slot machines is 46 percent at Oxford and 39 percent at Hollywood.

Last year Oxford paid over $34.4 million in taxes to the state. Hollywood paid $16 million in taxes.

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News Headlines

03.29.2016   Bill for Southern Maine Casino Rejected

06.29.2015   New Casino in Maine Supported by Veterens
06.24.2015   Maine Senate Rejects Bill For Tribal Owned Casino

12.23.2014   Hollywood Casino Bangor to Operate 24 hours Daily
12.01.2014   Maine to Consider Adding Additional Casinos
11.19.2014   ME Casinos Create 1,500 New Jobs
09.03.2014   Report Shows Maine Could Support New Casinos
03.07.2014   Tribal Communities of Maine to Develop Casinos

03.16.2012   Table Games now Offered at Hollywood Casino Bangor

11.04.2011   Governor Lepage says No to 5 Casino Plan
09.20.2011   Oxford Casino Development partners with Silverton Casino
05.23.2011   Oxfords New Casino Project is Moving Forward
05.06.2011   State Lawmakers Vote No on New Casinos
04.07.2011   Hollywood Slots may be adding Table Games

11.03.2010   Voters narrowly approve casino in Maine
09.19.2010   Maine will vote on Oxford County casino again
03.02.2010   Tribes propose Indian casino in Calais
02.22.2010   Oxford County casino proposal qualifies for November ballot

11.30.2009   99,000 signatures collected for Maine casino
10.28.2009   Casino group to begin collecting signatures
06.03.2009   Lawmakers kill casino proposal for Oxford County
03.31.2009   Bill would allow more slots in Maine
02.20.2009   Two new casino bills introduced in legislature

11.05.2008   Voters reject casino in Oxford County
10.14.2008   Passamaquoddy Tribe watch casino vote
10.09.2008   Voters will soon decide on new casino
10.01.2008   Oxford Highlands Resort-Spa-Casino
07.07.2008   Hollywood Slots moves to new home
04.16.2008   Penobscot Expansion Bill goes to Governor
04.03.2008   Casino Initiative will proceed to November Ballot
04.01.2008   House Votes for 100 Tribal Slots
03.26.2008   House Will Vote on 400 Slots for the Penobscot Nation
02.28.2008   Oxford County Casino Proposal Qualifies for Nov Ballot
02.06.2008   Penobscot Nation Wants to Add 400 Slots at Indian Island
11.20.2007   Casino Referendums Proposed for Maine Ballots in 2008 & 2009

 

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