Lawmakers hear spate of casino bills

Posted April 27, 2009, at 9:41 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Months after Maine voters rejected a plan for a casino in Oxford County, a bill is being reviewed in Augusta to revive the plan.

Rep. Sawin Millet’s bill is one of several gaming bills before the Legislature’s Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee on Monday. The Waterford Republican’s bill would require the gaming operator to pay 40 percent of the total gross gaming income to the state

A separate bill seeks to allow slot machines at a tribal commercial track and a commercial track in Oxford County.

Other bills before the committee would allow nonprofit organizations to conduct games of chance without a license, and permit the Passamaquoddy Tribe to operate up to 100 slot machines on its reservations in Washington County.