Mon July 9, 2012
No Special Session on Gambling in Annapolis Next Week
There will be no special legislative session next week on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.
Governor Martin O’Malley has confirmed that he will not call a second special session to consider table games and a sixth casino.
State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are only a couple of weeks left to get a measure on the November ballot.
The Eastern Shore Democrat says he believes the expansion could make Maryland more competitive with other states like Delaware and Pennsylvania that have continued to expand gambling.
But a special working group on gambling failed to agree on the tax rate for casinos which could have been brought down from 67 percent to 50 percent.
There was also concern about the impact of a 6th casino on the new multi-million casino in Anne Arundel County.