Comments for: Lawmakers OK bill allowing slot machines at veterans organizations and fraternal clubs

Posted April 12, 2012, at 9:39 a.m.
Last modified April 12, 2012, at 4:22 p.m.

AUGUSTA | Veterans organizations and fraternal clubs would be allowed to operate as many as five slot machines under a new bill the Legislature approved Wednesday. The House voted 88-57 to approve LD 1469 and the Senate unanimously supported the measure later Wednesday pending final approval by the Appropriations …

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  • Guest

    I thought republicans were the superior moral values people…. What the heck!

    • Anonymous

      Richard Rosen, (R) Bucksport, is dead set against this thing. He says it is just bad policy, which it is. They are using veterans as a back door to expand slots and gaming in general, without enabling the public to vote on it.

  • Guest

    Let’s let everyone have them and NOBODY will make a dime.
     
    That is everyone BUT the Indians who would have actually benefited the most from them and wanted them first.

  • Anonymous

    freedom expanding

  • Wait, the voters spoke not to expand gambling, yet the Republicans still do it. What an insult to the people who actually put their proposed gambling facilities before the voters. I cna’t believe they did this.

  • Unbelievable that the Maine Legislature woulod completely blow off the voters wishes and pass this expansion of gambling that was quite soundly defeated by the people of Maine. I have written my Senator and Representitives complaining about how they are ignoring the voters, I suggest you do the same. Even though their votes can be bought, if enough people complain, they realize people are watching and caring. Help stop these politicians from going against the people’s wishes.

  • Anonymous

    This was bi-partisan expansion of gambling. You can’t hang it all on Republican.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously, I am not against gaming, but gaming should be limited to well run establishments and not every “group” that wants a few slot machines at their bar. I have seen the effects of slot machines in every kind of space from abandoned gas stations turned into small time casinos of slots and at the end of  grocery aisles. Maine needs to figure out where casinos would best serve the public and regulate what kind of establishment needs to be built. Leave it up to the voters to make the choice.

  • poormaniac

    Another one of those last minute bills that won’t get adequate hearing time is passed. I wonder just who the sponsor of this bill is.   Hey BDN how about the rest of the story !

  • Anonymous

    Social clubs are quite common in Australia, usually founded for a designated group, often athletic.  However for example, one does not have to be a rugby player or offical to belong to a rugby oriented club.  Other than socialbility, they exist to provide reasonably priced food (typically buffets).  They also feature “pokeys”, slots machines.  A member can furnish one day memberships to non-member visitors and guests.  We visited one on a tour.  Good food, good ambience, and a A$2 payout for my wife. 

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