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Maine tribal slot bill defeated

16 April 2008

AUGUSTA, Maine — As reported by the Bangor Daily News: "After being vetoed Tuesday afternoon by Gov. John Baldacci, a bill to allow the Penobscot Nation to operate slot machines at its Indian Island high-stakes beano facility was effectively killed when lawmakers upheld the governor's decision.

"The House vote was 94-49, which was less than the two-thirds vote needed to override Baldacci's veto.

"In vetoing LD 701, Baldacci restated his position that an expansion of gambling must be approved by voters through the signature-gathering and referendum process.

"...The bill would have allowed the Penobscots to operate 100 slot machines at its Indian Island high-stakes beano facility during beano events..."

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