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O'Malley Releases Slots Bill

Governor says 56-page bill "will create predictability in the marketplace" while protecting local and city aid and giving Prince George's County the ability to decide if it wants a sixth slots venue in its county.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday night released the 56-page bill that will be the focus of a special session on expanded gambling in the state.

Legislators will be asked to vote on legislation that could add a sixth casino, most likely at National Harbor in Prince George's County as well as legalize table games.

“The legislation we are sending to the members of the General Assembly will create predictability in the marketplace, protect local and city aid being generated at existing sites, ensure authorized facilities are able to be built, and allow the people of Prince George’s County the opportunity to decide whether they want a sixth site for the benefit of their county and revenue base," O'Malley said in a statement released just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Aaron Meisner, a Mt. Washington resident, who was chairman of Stop Slots Maryland in 2008, said it was obvious to anyone who could comprehend the bill approved by voters four years ago, that table games and expanded gambling would eventually be proposed. He said at the time the market was already so saturated with slots casinos in surrounding states that it was an obvious progression to adding table games.   

"I told you so would be a succinct way of putting it," Meisner said.

The special session is scheduled to begin Thursday when the Senate reconvenes.

The House will return to Annapolis on Friday.

It is not yet clear if the governor has the 71 votes needed to pass the bill in the House of Delegates.

North Baltimore Patch reporter Adam Bednar contributed to this story.

RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT August 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Frank, don't have to say face to face as you would like to in a confrontational manner. The statistics, the black unemployment, the black on black crime, the foreclosure rates of blacks vs. whites, etc. I could go on and on. It is out for everyone to see. C4 seems to be a person who understands what is going on now and wants to stem the tide. So no, I don't resort to the street in your face confrontations that you seem to want to do. No need to. I am very comfortable in life, family doing well because they have a great work ethic. I would like other people of all colors to see what great opportunities are out there for those willing to work, speak properly, and learn a skill needed in this economy. It happened to me, it can happen to other people also - if they pursue their opportunties and don't listen to those who because of their failure in life, try to pull other people down to join them.
kevin August 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
See everyone Frank is a FLAT out LIAR ! Where does kevin say that Frank ?
FIFA August 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Public school system appears to have issues.
FIFA August 11, 2012 at 06:54 PM
One thing is for certain, it s now a very clear choice. If Etch-a-sketch gets the SS/ Medicare vote shame on them. They will get exactly what they deserve. Especially from Ryan who relied on SS to go to college, now he wants to tear it apart.
James Fitch August 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
NO TAX CUTS FOR CASINOS. We should have the best schools in the country, with all the money they are getting from the lottery, and casinos, unless they are not getting the money.

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