Bill would allow more slots in Maine

Posted March 16, 2009, at 2:27 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee is considering a bill to double to limit on slot machines in Maine.

The Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday heard testimony on a bill making that and other changes in the laws governing commercial harness racing tracks and licensing for slot machines in racinos.

The bill would increase from 1,500 to 3,000 the total number of slot machines allowed in Maine. It would also remove a restriction that says slot machine facilities run by commercial race tracks must be within five miles of those tracks.

The anti-gambling group Casinos NO! says it’s surprised to see bills to expand slot machines in Maine being considered after Maine voters have rejected the idea repeatedly.