Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week

Aug 1, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.

In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.

The next day, Miller is anticipating the Senate will reconvene to consider amendments before voting the measure over to the House of Delegates, where a bigger challenge in passing the measure is expected.

The special session is being called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to consider allowing table games such as blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County.