Maine senators deal potentially fatal blow to ‘resort casino bill’
Maine senators on Monday dealt a potentially fatal blow to resort casino bill that proposed to build a resort-style casino in the southern part of the state.
The controversial bill fell two votes short, as senators voted 16-18 to disapprove the bill. Then, the senators voted to concur with the Maine House of Representatives that last week voted 83-61 to defeat the bill.
Taken together, the voting by the Senate and the House of Representatives, indicate that the measure will not be able to make it through the state Legislature this year.
Introduced last year, the bill called L.D. 1280 has been heavily lobbied. The list of the bill’s proponents include construction firm Cianbro and developer Ocean Properties.
But, the proposed bill has been failed to gain momentum, largely because of a severe opposition from the supporters of existing gambling businesses in Bangor and Oxford. The bill is similar to a measure that stalled in 2015 but was amended to hike the license fee from $25 million to a whopping $50 million.
As Gov. Paul LePage has already declared his opposition to the proposal, a veto is likely even if the bill’s supporters manage to muster the votes to get it to the governor’s desk. Overriding a veto would require a two-thirds vote in the House as well as Senate.
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