AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee on Friday voted to delay action on a plan to allow table games at Hollywood Slots in Bangor while recommending that two citizen-initiated bills to allow gambling facilities in Lewiston, Biddeford and Washington County be sent to a statewide referendum.
The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted to table until next week a discussion on LD 1418, which would allow the Bangor slots facility to operate table games such as poker. Committee members said they wanted more time to consider some of the bill’s details, including whether it should be sent to referendum and how much the state should receive in fees if Bangor is allowed to become a full-fledged casino.
The committee on Friday also voted to send LD 1203, which would expand slot machines to facilities in Biddeford and tribal lands in Washington County, to the full Legislature with an ought-not-to-pass recommendation. The committee’s 11-3 vote against passing the bill outright sets the stage for voters to decide the issue in a November referendum.
The committee dispatched LD 985 in much the same way. The bill’s supporters intend to open a gambling facility in one of the vacant mills in Lewiston. On Friday, the committee voted to recommend the Legislature send that matter to voters, as well.