Gaming Workgroup Reaches Impasse, Special Session Plans Upended

The special workgroup convened to make recommendations on a legislative special session – wideley rumored to happen in early July – has meat roadblocks in its decisions. From coverage in the Gazette:

Plans for a special General Assembly session to discuss expanding gambling in Maryland appear dead after members of a state work group failed to reach consensus Wednesday.

While a majority of members supported a plan that would have allowed Las Vegas-style table games and added a sixth casino site in Prince George’s County, three state delegates would not support a proposed decrease in the state’s tax rate on slot machines.

“Unless a consensus can be reached, a convening of a special session to address the expansion of gaming in Maryland would not be successful,” said John Morton III, chair of the 11-member Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion, during the group’s final meeting in Annapolis Wednesday.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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