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Maine Senate debates casino bills

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Senate debated six bills that would have expanded gambling throughout the state Wedesday night. None of them passed.

Five of the six bills were indefinitely postponed, which means the House can take up the bills and vote on them again -- but it's not likely.

The Senate voted down a bill that would bring slot machines to Veterans Organizations.

It indefinitely postponed bills to make casinos in Washington County and Aroostook County up for countywide referendums, a bill to bring racino games to Scarborough Downs, and a bill to bring electronic beano games where high stakes beano is already played.

Tribal leaders for the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County are viewing tonight's vote as a defeat.

They have been pushing for approval for a casino for 20 years, and thought having the question in a countywide vote would have secured their project.

"It hurts," said Chief Clayton Cleaves. "Those who voted against this bill tonight are those peopel who addicted to racae, color, and creed."

Critics of the gaming bills said the state needs to set up more regulations before expanding gaming.





















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