Next Year’s Session 

(AP) – That means the bill will go back to the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee, where it could re-emerge as a referendum proposal that could appear on the ballot in 2008.

Representative Donna Loring’s bill drew strong legislative support, but not quite enough to assure it would survive a veto threatened by Governor Baldacci.

Loring, who represents the Penobscot Nation, says she’s pleased with the agreement to hold the bill because it leaves a variety of options open.

The Penobscots say they need the slots in order to enable their own gambling operation to compete with Hollywood Slots, which is building an expanded Bangor casino.

This November, Maine voters will decide whether to approve the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s proposal to run a harness racing track with up to 15-hundred slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County.