Door Cracks Open In Maryland for Special Session on Gambling Expansion

Jun 22, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the door is still open for further discussion on expanding gambling in the state.

Busch spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after a workgroup looking at the issue announced it could not reach consensus at this time.

The speaker, who held two separate availabilities with reporters, said in the first gathering that House members on the panel had very strong feelings against lowering the state's 67 percent tax to accommodate a casino in Prince George's County.

Then, reporters were summoned back to the speaker's office. Busch then said he wanted to underscore that the workgroup was "98 percent in agreement," except for the tax issue, and that additional progress could be made for Gov. Martin O'Malley to call a special session next month.