An Act Regarding Establishing a Slot Machine Facility
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §1001, sub-§23-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §1003, sub-§2, ¶M, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 687, Pt. A, §5 and affected by Pt. B, §11, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA §1011, as amended by PL 2005, c. 663, §6, is further amended to read:
§ 1011. License to operate
The board shall exercise authority over the licensing of all persons participating in the operation, distribution and maintenance of slot machines and slot machine facilities and over the registration of slot machines.
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA §1012, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 687, Pt. A, §5 and affected by Pt. B, §11, is amended to read:
§ 1012. Local approval for renewal of slot machine operator license
An application for renewal of a slot machine operator license must first be approved under this section by the municipal officers of the municipality in which the slot machine facility or commercial track with slot machines is located or, if the slot machine facility or commercial track is in an unincorporated place, the application must be approved by the county commissioners of the county in which the slot machine facility or commercial track with slot machines is located.
Sec. 5. 8 MRSA §1016, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 687, Pt. A, §5 and affected by Pt. B, §11, is amended to read:
A person may not hold more than one class of license under this chapter unless the 2nd license is an employee license under section 1015.
Sec. 6. 8 MRSA §1019, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 687, Pt. A, §5 and affected by Pt. B, §11, is amended to read:
Sec. 7. 8 MRSA §1020, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2005, c. 663, §9, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 8. 8 MRSA §1035, as amended by PL 2007, c. 611, §11, is further amended to read:
§ 1035. Location of slot machines
Slot machines operated by persons licensed under section 1011, subsection 2 may be located only on the premises of a commercial track. For the purposes of this section, "premises of a commercial track" means property owned by the person who owns the property on which a commercial track is located and that is either within 200 feet of the outside edge of the racing oval or, if the commercial track was owned by a municipality when a license to operate slot machines in association with that commercial track was issued, within 2,000 feet of the center of the racing oval.
Sec. 9. 8 MRSA §1036, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2007, c. 466, Pt. A, §29, is further amended to read:
Sec. 10. 8 MRSA §1036, sub-§2-A is enacted to read:
A slot machine operator who complies with the requirements of collection and distribution to the board as set forth in this subsection is in compliance with the minimum payment requirement of section 1011, subsection 4.
This initiated bill authorizes the establishment of a slot machine facility in a municipality with a population of at least 30,000 in which slot machines were not in operation as of July 1, 2010 if the person who applies for a license to operate slot machines holds an option to purchase real property located in and owned by that municipality that was in effect on July 1, 2010 and approved by the voters of the municipality no later than July 1, 2010.
The initiated bill removes the existing limit on the total number of slot machines that may be registered in this State, 1,500 machines, and replaces it with a limit of 1,500 slot machines at each licensed slot machine facility.
The initiated bill provides for regulation of the slot machine facility authorized in the initiated bill by the Gambling Control Board.
The slot machine operator would be required to collect and distribute 1% of gross slot machine income to the Treasurer of State for deposit in the General Fund for the administrative expenses of the Gambling Control Board. The initiated bill also requires the slot machine operator to collect and distribute 40% of net slot machine income to the board for distribution to various entities, in specified percentages for a variety of purposes that are also specified in the bill.