Governor Will Not Call a Special Session Until There is Consensus

Governor O’Malley has said he would not call a special session until there is consensus on a plan to fix the State budget.  However, there does not seem to be agreement as to whether the special session should just focus on the budget or if other issues should be brought to the table.  As reported by the Baltimore Sun (limited free views available):

Miller said he still sees gambling as an issue that should be addressed in any special session. He supports allowing a sixth casino in Maryland, to be located in Prince George’s County, and allowing table games in addition to the current slot machines at all six. A bill that would have put that proposal before state voters in November died on the last night of the session Monday when Busch appeared not to have sufficient votes in the House.

Miller pointed out that if the legislature does not put the issue on the ballot this November, the next opportunity won’t come until 2014.

Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, declined to comment Wednesday, but members of his leadership team have said any special session should deal only with budget issues.

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