Maine Video Lottery at Horse Tracks, Question 3 (2000)

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Maine Question 3, also known as the Video Lottery Act, was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Maine. It was defeated, with 39.6% of voters in favor.

Election results

Question 3
Defeatedd No387,87260.44%
Yes 253,920 39.56%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Initiative Statute

Summary by Maine Secretary of State and Attorney General: This Act establishes a regulatory program to be administered by the State Police for the use of video lottery terminals at any commercial harness horse racing track that has operated live racing on more than 100 days in each of the previous two calendar years. It directs the Chief of the State Police to issue a license for the operation of video lottery terminals to the owner or operator of any commercial track meeting these requirements. At present, there is only one such facility in the state. Once an operating license is issued to such a facility, no other commercial track within 150 miles of that facility may be licensed. The Act also authorizes the Chief of the State Police to license manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers of video lottery terminals, and the Chief is directed to approve an application for a distributor license submitted by any commercial harness horse racing track that is licensed to operate a pari-mutuel facility and was awarded at least 100 race dates to conduct harness racing by the Maine Harness Racing Commission in 1998. There is only one facility in the state that meets this description.

The Act grants authority to the Chief of the State Police to adopt rules to prevent undesirable conduct relating to the operation of video lottery terminals and to disable terminals under certain circumstances. The Act makes it a class D crime for a licensee to knowingly permit use of video lottery terminals by anyone who is under age 21 or visibly intoxicated, or to extend credit to a person in order to permit them to play. Tampering with a terminal with intent to interfere with its operation or to manipulate the outcome is a class C crime.

On an annual basis, the net proceeds from the operation of video lottery terminals would be allocated as follows: 40% to the State Treasurer for distribution through municipal revenue sharing; 26% to the licensed distributor of the terminals; 5% to the licensee to supplement harness racing purses; 3% to the State Police to cover administrative costs; 2% to agricultural fairs authorized to accept wagers on harness racing; and 1% to supplement the purses in sire stakes races. The balance of 23% of the net revenues would be retained by the licensed operator.

If approved, this Act would take effect 30 days after the proclamation of the vote.

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