An Act To Allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe To Operate Slot Machines in Washington County in Conjunction with High-stakes Beano
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §1011, sub-§2-C is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §1019, sub-§7, as amended by PL 2011, c. 417, §6, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA §1020, sub-§3, ¶A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 585, §8, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA §1035, as amended by PL 2011, c. 585, §10, is further amended to read:
§ 1035. Location of slot machines
Slot machines may be located only on the premises of a commercial track, the premises of a casino , the premises of a gaming facility in Washington County at which high-stakes beano is conducted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe or the premises of an accredited postsecondary institution for the purposes of training and education under section 1011, subsection 1-B. 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. 5. 8 MRSA §1036, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 417, §7, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 8 MRSA §1036, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2011, c. 657, Pt. E, §1, is further amended to read:
(1) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, $50,000;
(2) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, $50,000; and
(3) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and for each fiscal year thereafter, $100,000;
Sec. 7. 8 MRSA §1036, sub-§2-A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 625, §§3 and 4 and c. 657, Pt. W, §5, is further amended to read:
If a recipient of net slot machine income in paragraph D, H or I owns or receives funds from a slot machine facility or casino, other than the casino in Oxford County , a slot machine facility operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe or the slot machine facility in Bangor, then the recipient may not receive funds under this subsection, and those funds must be retained by the Oxford County casino operator.
Sec. 8. 17 MRSA §314-A, sub-§3-A, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 452, Pt. I, §5 and affected by Pt. X, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 9. Referendum; effective date. This Act must be submitted to the legal voters of Washington County at a statewide election held in the month of November following passage of this Act. The Washington County commissioners are authorized to expend such funds as necessary to implement the referendum.
The county commissioners shall cause the preparation of the required ballots, on which they shall state the subject matter of this Act in the following question:
"Do you favor the operation of slot machines by the Passamaquoddy Tribe at a gaming facility located in this county at which high-stakes beano is conducted?"
The voters shall indicate by a cross or check mark placed against the word "Yes" or "No" their opinion of the same.
This Act takes effect immediately upon its acceptance by a majority of the legal voters voting at the election.
The result of the vote must be declared by the Washington County commissioners and due certificate must be filed by the commissioners with the Secretary of State.
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application from the Passamaquoddy Tribe to operate slot machines at a gaming facility in Washington County at which high-stakes beano is conducted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The bill raises the limit on the number of slot machines allowed in the State by 750 to accommodate the slot machines that may be operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. Slot machines operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe would be subject to the oversight of the Gambling Control Board and subject to the same laws and rules as other slot machines operated in this State. The bill also amends the laws governing high-stakes beano to allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to operate high-stakes beano on days as determined by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The provisions of the bill are subject to approval by the voters of Washington County.