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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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