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The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved expansion of gambling in the state yesterday on an 11 to 1 vote.

It came on the first day of a special legislative session in Annapolis to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.

The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Owners of the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel county testified against the measure…fearing that the sixth casino would damage their business.

Meanwhile, William Rickman, the owner of Ocean Downs casino on the Eastern Shore, supported the bill.

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The Maryland State Senate took up legislation this afternoon that would expand gambling by adding table games and a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.

The measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate Budget and Taxation committee.

It will eventually go to the House of Delegates where it faces a much tougher road to passage.

A majority of the Lower shore’s delegates and senator favor legalizing table games and allowing Ocean downs to stay open 24 hour a day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O'Malley's 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.

O'Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he's "so sick of this issue" and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.

The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County that could open in 2016.

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As Maryland legislators begin the special session on proposals to expand gambling Delaware officials are keeping a close eye on the outcome.

Governor Jack Markell says that it’s clear the industry is becoming more competitive.

Markell has expanded gambling ranging from sports betting and table games to online gaming and Keno games at sites outside of the casinos. 

The license fees for the state’s casinos have also been slashed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration has released details in gambling legislation for a special session this week.

The provisions made public Tuesday touch on a variety of changes that would come with the addition of table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County.

A key part of the bill relates to how much money casino operators will keep.

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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.

O'Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.

Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.

ANNAPOLIS, Md  (AP) House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O’Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.

O’Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.

Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.

The session would look at adding a 6th casino site in Prince George’s County and adding table games such as blackjack.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.

House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.

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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O'Malley are scheduled to meet with the city's House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.

Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading – or in his words – we need some elbow grease.

The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with the presiding officers of the Legislature to discuss the prospects of holding a special session in the next few weeks to expand gambling.

O'Malley is scheduled to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning at the governor's residence in Annapolis.

There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with top Prince George's and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.

Tomorrow O'Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George's County.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.

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.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell has signed a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

Markell signed the measure Thursday, less than 24 hours after it narrowly passed the state Senate. The Senate vote was marred by controversy as a Democratic lawmaker who opposed the bill mistakenly voted for it, thinking he was voting for an amendment instead.

The clock’s ticking to reach a consensus on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s the word from Governor Martin O’Malley, who told the Salisbury Daily Times in an interview, that he has still not decided whether to call a special session to legalize table games and put a 6th casino in Prince George’s County.

He said that he met last Friday with Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch to discuss the options.

He also turned his attention to the federal lawsuit filed against the Hudson Farm in Berlin that charges it with polluting a nearby a creek.

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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A workgroup has failed to reach a consensus on gambling expansion in Maryland, meaning there will be no special session on the issue, and a sixth casino will not be recommended for Prince George's County this year.

After a three-hour delay Wednesday afternoon on the start of the group's final public meeting, the group of lawmakers and advisers to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley admitted that a consensus of the 11 members could not be reached.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A work group studying whether to expand gambling in Maryland is holding its last scheduled meeting.

The group of lawmakers and advisers to Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet Wednesday. The governor has said he will call a special session next month, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on a variety of issues.

One is whether to allow table games like blackjack. The group is also weighing whether a casino should be allowed in Prince George's County.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.

The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.

Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They'll talk about their findings on a potential gambling expansion.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is eyeing a bill that authorizes online betting in Delaware and allows more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.

HANOVER, Md. (AP) - Maryland's largest casino is opening to the public.

Maryland Live! will open Wednesday night next to the Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover.

The Maryland State Highway Administration is advising drivers to expect a high volume of traffic along Maryland Route 100 and Route 295 through this weekend because of the opening.

The casino will have about 3,200 slot machines on opening night.

Another 1,550 slot machines are set to be added in a second phase between July and October.

The casino also has five restaurants that are set to open.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislative leadership has announced a possible date for a special session to consider the expansion of gambling.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.

The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.

 

           There could be two special legislative sessions in Annapolis this year.

            One would deal with a revenue package that would avoid a half a billion in drastic spending cuts while another would focus the expansion of gambling in the state.

            Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters yesterday that both of these issues deserve a hearing and some resolution.

            O’Malley said that the $500 million in cuts that would be triggered by the failure to increase the income tax could have a dramatic impact in education.

 

     DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell wants to authorize online gambling and allow more onsite venues for gambling while giving a financial break to Delaware's three existing casinos.

     Officials on Tuesday proposed expanding keno beyond the casinos to 100 sites throughout Delaware, and authorizing betting on NFL football in at least 20 more sites.

     They also want to make lottery and casino games accessible online within Delaware's borders.

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to expand Maryland gambling to include table games like blackjack and roulette.

     The chamber passed the measure to its final voting stage Monday night after shooting down amendments that attempted to strip profit enhancements for casino owners and limit how many licenses a slots parlor operator can have.

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