Plans for Tribal Racino Move Forward 

The Maine House today gave its final approval to a bill that would allow the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe to develop a racino in eastern Maine, leaving only a final Senate vote before the measure is sent to the governor.

But it appears that the matter will ultimately be decided by voters and not the Legislature. Representatives voted 84 to 59 to approve the measure today. But the yes votes still lacked a two-thirds majority that would be needed to override a veto — which Governor Baldacci has promised.

An earlier Senate vote also narrowly missed the two-thirds threshold. The proposal voted on today would double the number of slots allowed in Maine, which is now set at 1,500.

It comes before lawmakers through a citizen initiative. So if it’s rejected in the State House, it must go to voters in November’s statewide election.