Commission to Develop a Competitive Bidding Process for the Operation of Additional Casinos or Slot Machines in the State

The Commission was directed by law to examine the impact of the existing casinos on local economies, the state economy, and other forms of legal gambling conducted within the state. It was also tasked with looking at the potential impact the establishment of casinos or similar facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and neighboring provinces in Canada would have on the state economy and on the revenue generated by existing casinos in the Maine.

The commission was also directed to:

  • Gather information to determine the potential market for the establishment of new gambling opportunities in the State;
  • Consider the feasibility of the licensing of expanded gambling activities by persons or groups who are eligible for existing licenses to conduct games of chance, beano, high-stakes beano, harness horse racing and off-track betting, including but not limited to the operation of slot machines and table games; and
  • Develop recommendations for a competitive bidding process for the privilege to submit an application to the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board for the operation of a slot machine facility or a casino.

The Commission could hold up to six meetings and was required to submit a report with recommendations to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs by February 15, 2014.

A copy of the report was submitted on January 8, 2014 and is avilable for viewing here: PDF