Casino issue arises in Maine as signatures are filed
AUGUSTA, Maine: Hoping to see a casino initiated state statute on the November 2010 ballot, supporters turned in petitions on December 22, 2009 to the Maine Secretary of State, claiming to have collected more than 90,000 signatures. Maine Casino Initiative (2010) would allow for the operation of a casino in Oxford, Maine.
In order to place the initiative on the ballot, circulators had to obtain at least 55,087 valid signatures by February 1, 2010. Peter Martin of Black Bear Entertainment, LLC, who is spearheading the casino initiative effort, stated that the group will turn in even more signatures in the next few weeks. If state officials validate enough signatures, the proposed initiative must be sent to legislature, where if it is vetoed or rejected, will be placed before the voters.