LD 1280 (subjects: GAMBLING , GAMES OF CHANCE )
Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1280&PID=1456&snum=127
Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support | In The News
- Rep. Donald Marean of Hollis: (R – District 16) — e-mail
Rep. Michael Timmons of Cumberland: (R – District 45) — e-mail
Rep. Kenneth Fredette of Newport: (R – District 100) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Rep. Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan: (D – District 107) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Roger Katz of Kennebec: (R – District 15) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Linda Baker of Sagadahoc: (R – District 23) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Linda Valentino of York: (D – District 31) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
Sen. Ronald Collins of York: (R – District 34) — e-mail | Facebook
|4/9/2015||House||Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|4/9/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.|
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, REPORT A Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 378
(Yeas 83 – Nays 62 – Absent 6 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-491) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-491).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec to ACCEPT Report A Ought to Pass As Amended Report FAILED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 357 15 Yeas – 20 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent
motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec to ACCEPT Report B Ought to Pass As Amended Report FAILED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 358 17 Yeas – 18 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent
Subsequently, Report C Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
|6/23/2015||House||On motion of Representative PARRY of Arundel, the House RECEDED.
On further motion of same Representative REPORT D Ought to Pass as Amended was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 385
(Yeas 87 – Nays 56 – Absent 8 – Excused 0)
Committee Amendment “C” (H-493) was READ and ADOPTED.
Subsequently, the Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “C” (H-493).
|6/24/2015||House||HELD at the Request of Representative RUSSELL of Portland.
|6/30/2015||House||On motion of Representative RUSSELL of Portland, under suspension of the rules, the House RECONSIDERED its action whereby the Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “C” (H-493).
On motion of Representative RUSSELL of Portland the Bill and accompanying papers were COMMITTED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
ROLL CALL NO. 441
(Yeas 97 – Nays 45 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|6/30/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate RECEDED and CONCURRED With Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs , in concurrence.|
|7/16/2015||Senate||CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 994.|
|7/16/2015||House||Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 994.|
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Any Report.
Later today assigned.
|3/23/2016||House||Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, REPORT B Ought Not to Pass was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 512
(Yeas 83 – Nays 61 – Absent 7 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF ANY REPORT
|3/28/2016||Senate||Taken from the table by the President
Motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec to ACCEPT Report A Ought to Pass As Amended by Committee Amendment “E” (H-580) , In NON-CONCURRENCE FAILED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 552 Yeas 16 – Nays 18 – Excused 0 – Absent 0
On motion by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Report B Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED, in concurrence
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).
An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief by Expanding Gaming Opportunities
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA 1518-B is enacted to read:
1518-B. Income Tax Relief Fund
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA 1011, sub- 4, as amended by PL 2005, c. 663, 6, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA 1018, sub- 1-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA 1019, sub- 6, as amended by PL 2011, c. 417, 5, is repealed.
Sec. 5. 8 MRSA 1019, sub- 7, as amended by PL 2011, c. 417, 6, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 8 MRSA 1020, sub- 3, A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 585, 8, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 8 MRSA 1036, sub- 2-D is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. Issuance of casino operator license. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 8, chapter 31, subchapter 2, or any other provision of law, the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board shall issue a casino operator license according to the provisions of this section to the person who is the best-value bidder selected by the Independent Facility Location Commission, established in subsection 1, in accordance with this section. The board may not issue a license pursuant to this section until the contract requirements described in subsection 8 are met.
1. Commission established. The Independent Facility Location Commission, referred to in this section as “the commission,” is established as an independent commission.
2. Duties. The commission shall evaluate and award a casino operator’s license to the best-value bidder pursuant to this section.
3. Members. The commission is made up of 7 members, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The members shall appoint a chair at the commission’s first meeting. A member of the commission must have experience in public accounting, finance, land use, large-scale development or a field requiring expertise in fiscal matters.
A member of the commission may not:
4. Solicit bids. In accordance with the process for a competitive bid outlined in Title 5, chapter 155, subchapter 1-A, the commission shall solicit bids for the operation of a casino to be located in Cumberland County or York County.
5. Submission deadline; application fee. A bid submitted pursuant to this section must be:
6. Information provided by bidders. A bid submitted pursuant to this section must include the building plans and site designs for the proposed casino and information regarding:
A bidder must include with the information submitted pursuant to this subsection a statement that the bidder has not been found to have violated any state or federal law or rule governing gaming and attesting to the good moral character of the bidder and any principal officer of the bidder.
7. Award of bid. The commission shall review the bids submitted pursuant to this section, consider the information provided pursuant to subsection 6 and award the contract to the best-value bidder. The commission shall give preference to any bidder who has demonstrated experience in the development of commercial, retail and hospitality projects within this State.
8. Contract requirements. As part of the contract awarded pursuant to this section, the bidder must agree to:
This bill establishes the Independent Facility Location Commission to solicit bids for the operation of a casino to be located in Cumberland County or York County. The commission must select the best-value bidder to be issued a casino operator license by the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board for an initial license fee of $5,000,000. The winning bidder must construct a destination resort gaming facility with harness racing, slot machines and table games and a resort that includes a hotel, spa, pool, multiple dining options, entertainment venue, retail space and harness racing track. The casino must be approved by the voters of the county in which it is to be located and by the municipal officers or municipality in which the casino is to be located. The casino operator must enter into an agreement with the municipality where the slot machines are located that provides for revenue sharing or other compensation of at least 3% of the net slot machine income. The limit on the number of slot machines that may be registered in the State is raised from 3,000 to 7,500.
The bill establishes the Income Tax Relief Fund. Allocations from the fund must be made to provide income tax relief to the citizens of this State.
The casino operator must distribute 46% of net slot machine income and 16% of net table game income to the Gambling Control Board for distribution by the board as follows:
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In The News…
Recent news stories featuring LD 1280:
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