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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Democratic-controlled Senate has killed a handful of proposals to bring several new casinos to the state.

Democratic Sen. John Tuttle's efforts to keep the bills alive in the Senate failed on Thursday as lawmakers expressed the need to establish a regulatory process for the future expansion of gambling in Maine before giving the green light to any new casinos.Among the bills rejected is one that would have allowed Scarborough Downs racetrack to ask voters whether it can build a resort casino in southern Maine.

Measures to allow the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Passamaquoddy Tribe to each open a casino failed.The tribes have long advocated for casinos to bring jobs to their communities, which struggle with high rates of unemployment.

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