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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Signatures Submitted for an Act to Authorize a Tribal Commercial
Track and Slot Machines in Washington County

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Petitions were delivered to the Department of the Secretary of State prior to today’s deadline for the Citizen Initiative listed below.  They were submitted by Tribal Representative Fred Moore at 4:35 p.m.   He indicated that approximately 61,000 signatures are listed on the petitions—50,519 valid signatures are required.

According to Maine law (http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/21-A/title21-Asec905.html), “the Secretary of State shall determine the validity of the petition and issue a written decision stating the reasons for the decision within 30 days after the final date for filing the petitions in the Department of the Secretary of State under the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 17 or 18.”

The final date for filing petitions for the 2006 ballot is today, January 30, 2006.  The Secretary of State must therefore issue a written certification decision by March 1, 2006.

TITLE: An Act to Authorize a Tribal Commercial Track and Slot Machines in Washington County

QUESTION: “Do you want to allow a Maine tribe to run a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County ?”

Date of issuance: August 4, 2005.