AUGUSTA – The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee heard public comment on whether to allow slot machines at a tribal high stakes bingo facility in Washington County.
The proposal asks that Maine’s Gaming Control Board accept the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s application for permission to operate 50 slot machines.
According to the bill’s sponsor, the act is geared toward job creation in Indian Township.
“It would help them keep workers employed there, create new jobs, help them compete with the casinos who are offering the product of a slot machine that they’re not able to offer, which would drive more customers to their facility,” said Rep. Ben Collings, D-Portland.
Collings said the facility would have to operate more days and longer hours to support the addition of slot machines.