Maine LD 270: An Act To Reduce the Annual High-stakes Beano Fee from $50,000 to $12,500

LD 270 (subjects: GAMBLING , BINGO )

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Principal Sponsor: Rep. Wayne T. Mitchell of the Penobscot Nation: (U – District 152) — e-mail

4 Cosponsors:



2/5/2015 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.
2/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
3/26/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-23).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/31/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-23) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-23), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/2/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/7/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED – Emergency – 2/3 Elected Required, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 270 as originally introduced. L.D. 270 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-23) .

An Act To Reduce the Annual High-stakes Beano Fee from $50,000 to $12,500

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, passage of this legislation is necessary to ensure the continued operation of high-stakes beano gaming by the Penobscot Nation; and

Whereas, many jobs and the operation of an elderly assisted living center depend upon high-stakes beano gaming; and

Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before next year’s license fee to operate high-stakes beano games becomes due; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 17 MRSA 314-A, sub- 4, as amended by PL 2011, c. 410, 2, is further amended to read:

4. Term of license; fees. A license issued under this section is valid for a period of one year. The annual license fee for a high-stakes beano license is $50,000, except that the annual license fee due in 2008 to 2013 is $25,000 $12,500. License fees may be paid in advance in quarterly installments. All license fees must be paid to the Treasurer of State to be credited to the General Fund.

Sec. 2. Retroactivity. This Act applies retroactively to July 1, 2014.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.


This bill sets the fee for a high-stakes beano license, currently $50,000, at $12,500.

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This information about LD 270 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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