Maine Senate kills bills to expand gambling

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Senate killed several bills that would have expanded casino style gambling in the state Thursday.

Lawmakers seem reluctant to allow any more casinos until the state develops a specific policy for allowing more.

The votes were a blow to Maine's American Indian tribes. The Maliseets and the Passamaquoddys were both hoping to build casinos. It was also tough to take for Scarborough Downs.

Operators of the Southern Maine Harness track were planning a new resort featuring a hotel and entertainment complex with slot machines. Owner Sharon Terry says the track is struggling to survive and without slot revenues she can not keep the track operating.

"We are going to our hardest, that's all I can say. We will regroup and see what we can do and that's all we can do," said Sharon Terry, Owner of Scarborough Downs.

Today's action effectively leaves Bangor and Oxford as the only casinos in the state, at least for this legislative session.


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