Maine Tribal Gaming Initiative, Question 3 (2003)
|Voting on Gambling|
|Not on ballot|
|Maine Question 3|
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This initiated bill allows the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to conduct gaming and wagering at a single site. The legislative body of a municipality in which the site is located must approve the site for the conduct of gaming and wagering. The authority granted to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to conduct gaming and wagering at a single site terminates in 20 years, unless extended, and may not be amended or repealed without the consent of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation. The gaming and wagering authorized by this initiated bill is regulated by the Department of Public Safety and a tribal gaming agency formed jointly by the governments of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation.
The tribal gaming operator must pay to the State an annual fee equal to 25% of the gross revenues of video facsimiles operated by the tribal gaming operator. After an allowance for costs resulting from gaming and wagering operations, the annual fee paid to the State must be used for the following purposes:
1. Fifty percent must be deposited in the Local Government Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 5681 and distributed in accordance with the provisions of that section for revenue sharing with municipalities, with the intent of providing local property tax relief;
2. Forty percent must be allocated for the program cost portion of general purpose aid to local schools;
3. Five percent must be allocated to the Maine State Grant Program established in Title 20-A, chapter 419-A for grants for students who are pursuing higher education; and
4. Five percent must be allocated to the Finance Authority of Maine to distribute to private, nonprofit organizations that have the principal purpose of providing scholarships to and otherwise enhancing the postsecondary educational opportunities of students in this State enrolled in eligible programs in institutions of higher education in this State.
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