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House and Senate at Odds Over Slot Machines

| March 20, 2014

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Democratic-controlled House and Senate are at odds over proposals to bring more slot machines to the state.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 77-57 on Thursday in favor of a bill that would allow veterans’ organizations like the American Legion to put slot machines in their clubs. The bill was shot down in the Senate late Wednesday.

The House also sent several gambling measures it supports back to the Senate on Thursday in the hopes of seeing them passed into law. Among them is a bill that would allow the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to open a casino in Aroostook County.

The Senate also rejected that measure Wednesday.

The House delayed action on another bill that would allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to open a casino in Washington County.

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