Pledge made to change law if Maine casino approved

Posted Oct. 30, 2008, at 3:10 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The president of the company that wants to develop a $184 million resort and casino in the town of Oxford is pledging that no one under 21 would be allowed to gamble or work in the casino if voters approve the proposal on Election Day.

Dean Harrold of Olympia Gaming signed a pledge Thursday that also opposes giving the casino a monopoly or giving the casino president seats on various boards.

Harrold said he is confident the Legislature would make the changes if voters give their OK to the casino.

As now written, the proposal would lower the state’s casino gambling age from 21 to 19, place a 10-year moratorium on building other casinos in Maine and put the casino president on a number of boards that benefit from casino revenues.

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