O'Malley Works To Allay Baltimore Fears About Gambling Expansion

Jul 19, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George's County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.

O'Malley, Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with about half of the city's 18-member House delegation at City Hall for about 90 minutes behind closed doors on Wednesday.

Busch told reporters afterward that the plan calls for putting some gambling revenue aside for Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. He says the idea is to hold Baltimore and the county harmless from revenue lost to another casino.

O'Malley wants to call a special session to take up gambling expansion, if a consensus can be reached. Lawmakers would take up allowing table games and a Prince George's casino.